Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Health (Storey’s Guide to Raising)
by Malcolm T. Sanford and Richard E. Bonney
This book serves as an update of prior work written by Richard Bonney, expanded to cover beekeeping across the entire U.S., instead of just the Northeast (i.e. added zones 6-11). Dr. Sanford is a professor at the University Florida, and operates a thorough monthly newsletter about beekeeping news, which you can subscribe to on his website.
This book looks like it would be good for someone who really wants to learn to keep bees and be serious about it – it goes in depth in many areas of caring for bees, taking well-thought and measured tone regarding the risks and rewards of beekeeping.
It gives and overarching description of how to keep bees, from what equipment you need to hive management, to harvesting honey. Serious consideration is given to the challenges of beekeeping – not just diseases, but also legal, health, and business record keeping. The appendix includes sample forms for contracts and ordnances.
It covers some business issues – such as a potential business plan for someone interested in branching out into pollination services.
This book is well written and a satisfying read. with lovely pen & ink illustrations, with lots of practical, hands-on advice, which could benefit many beekeepers, even if they already have some experience.