144 pages, 20 colour photos, 8 illustrations
Bees are fascinating insects. Critical to the pollination of one third of the foods we eat – and they produce honey, enough said. Do Beekeeping invites you to share the journey of a rookie beekeeper and discover that keeping your own hives is not only achievable, but fun, creative and hugely rewarding. Beekeeping is easier than you think. In Do Beekeeping, you'll discover how and where to set up your own hive and install your first bees – whether you live in a city or the countryside, the tools and equipment you'll need to get started, and how to inspect your hive. You will also learn more about bees and their inspiring world of foraging and honey production. With beautiful colour photography and illustrations throughout, Do Beekeeping includes delicious honey-based recipes from celebrated chefs and cooks. Do Beekeeping is part of a series of books designed to help you learn something new and motivate you to do it. A 5% royalty from each copy sold goes to the Do Lectures – sharing ideas to inspire action.
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Orren Fox is an 18-year-old beekeeper, chicken farmer, sustainable-food advocate, longboard builder and student. He grew up in Newburyport, MA and has been keeping chickens and bees for most of his life. He was a speaker at the Do Lectures USA in 2012. Orren is the author of happychickens.com, a blog on raising healthy chickens and bees, naturally. He has written several articles for Edible Boston, Civil.eats.com and Handpicked Nation and has been interviewed for the Huffington Post. In May 2012, Orren was invited to the White House as the guest of Kathleen Merrigan, then Deputy Secretary, as part of a Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food event. As part of the event, Orren was invited to send his honey to Sam Kass, the Executive Director of Let's Move and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy for a 'honey show down'. The White House has hives and harvests the honey each year. Orren is also the founder of #beechat, a Twitter meetup whose goal is to gather beekeepers from around the world to share information and ultimately help bees. He is also launching an app called BEEHAVIORS which will harness the power of citizen scientists to provide ongoing data to entomologists to help understand what is happening to the bee population around the US.