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What is "Balanced Beekeeping"?

  • Balanced beekeeping is a continuous quest for the improvement of our relationship with bees.
  • It recognises that keeping bees is not natural, because in nature, only bees keep bees.
  • It acknowledges that our desire for honey may not be matched by the bees' willingness to give it up.
  • It recognises that the bees have their own lives and they would probably prefer that we left them alone, however much we are kindly disposed towards them.
  • It is a search for the best ways to be with bees.

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"Widely regarded as the book that started the 'natural beekeeping' movement, The Barefoot Beekeeper is essential reading for would-be beekeepers who want to follow a more natural, low-management path that gives most of the control to the bees, but allows for human interaction and a moderate honey harvest. It is particularly appealing to those who want a hive or two in their garden, with no heavy lifting and a modest budget."

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