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  1. #1
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    Default b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Our bee club is redesigning our beginners class. We've been distributing the Keith Delaplane book (can't remember name), but it's a little dated and bare bones. I'm looking for suggestions on the best beginners book.
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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Have you checked out Jim Tew's web sight lately. He has his on-line video based beekeeping training program completed. After going to his sight onetew.com click on the link to the video training. This should be a major help with the beginner classes.

    We also use the Delaplane book.

    Robert

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    My favorite starting book Ever: Beekeeping for Dummies.
    As for me, all I know is that I know nothing... - Socrates
    western Ore. zone 8b.

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    My club has used this for BeeSchool: http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/agrs93.pdf

    We purchase printed copies, which are available for $7.50 each:
    http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/PubSubject.a...ping&offset=30

    Cheers,
    Tony P.
    There must be a harder way to do that... let me find it for you.

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Also the complete idiots guide to beekeeping, is a pritty good book.
    Dan

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    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Diana Sammataro's "The Beekeeper's Handbook" the best ever!

    http://www.amazon.com/Beekeepers-Han...diane+samataro


    Grant
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    Default Re: a) Overview, the big picture

    "Beekeeping for Dummies" is the required book for my local Beekeeper's Association beekeeping class
    Last edited by Barry; 04-30-2015 at 08:17 AM.

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    Default Re: a) Overview, the big picture

    Beekeepers Handbook for sure if you have the urge to just let em' loose on a book with the thinking they are general public. This is also assuming you are gearing your programme to a certain level of proficiency.
    Alternatively, I'd actually recommend ABC & XYZ and teach from select sections. That way the protege bee whisperers could have additional references at their learning level should they already have found BeeSource. Most beekeeping classes are more elementary and would love to see a course with some actual rigor!
    Zone 8a - Elev.~ 1,100 ft. Sandy, OR.
    Apiculture: A culmination of animal husbandry and alchemy.

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    Default Re: a) Overview, the big picture

    After reading tons of beekeeping books, my absolute favorite book is The Beekeeper's Handbook by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile.
    It covers every necessary beekeeping topic and then some, offering information in a way that is easy to comprehend and directions that are easy to follow. There are many helpful diagrams. While the text is easy for a beginner to understand, it also offers scientific information, explanations, and data, making it a book for everyone. It includes a variety of solutions for various problems and gives pros and cons for each, allowing the beekeeper to determine the path that will be best in their situation.

    A second favorite is Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston.

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    Default Re: a) Overview, the big picture

    For those who live in a Mediterranean climate central California, there's Jeremy Rose's Beekeeping in Coastal California.
    Tom Seeley's books help you think like a bee, and that's a good thing.
    I second the recommendation of Beekeeper's Handbook and Practical Beekeeper
    Be aware that there are the "treatment" and "non-treatment" camps when it comes to Varroa.
    Pick a mentor that shares your philosophy and goals.
    Go to symposia if any are offered in your area.
    Borrow and read back issues of Bee Culture magazine and American Bee Journal.
    Subscribe to the newsletter of your state apiarist. (e.g. http://honey.ucdavis.edu/newsletter for California)

    -- Jerry (Oakland)

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    Default Re: a) Overview, the big picture

    storys guide to beekeeping is the book that got me started.

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