Reading and Viewing Recommendations

Fruitless Fall by Rowan Jacobson - a really good read about not only the potential causes of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), but bees in general.  It also has an interesting guide on how to determine if a flower is bee friendly (remember, bees are generally pretty docile when gathering nectar and pollen and do wonders to pollinate your garden)

A Book of Bees by Sue Hubbell - a middle aged woman's account of beekeeping as a business in the Ozarks.  This memoir-style book is a great read even if you're not all that into bees and was featured prominently in the chick flick and the book it was based on, The Secret Life of Bees (or so I'm told, anyway).

Beekeeping for Dummies - a good resource on most things beekeeping

Allen Estrin's Honey Journal - a honey conniesseur's blog on honeys from around the nation and the world:
Haagen Dazs' "Help the Honey Bee" project.  CCD is a real threat to your eating habits.  A large portioon of the American diet is directly influenced by the pollination services of honey bees and Haagen Dazs is doing what it can to help.  Learn more at

Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholemew - a semi-revolutionary approach to gardening that takes a good portion of the work out and puts a lot more of the veggies and plants in.  You can see a video at or go to Google Books and look at almost the entire book online.  John practices the basic idea in his backyard and Bob is adapting his condo patio to do something similar.

White Fang by Jack London - we both love books about survival and nature.  We would also recommend anything by Patrick O'Brien.

Food, Inc. - this movie (which can be streamed on Netflix) might just alter the way you think about eating.  It discusses how far away from the production of the food we eat we have gotten and some of the ramifications of that.  It is surpringly positive in its presentation, but there are still some "not for the faint of heart" scenes.  I can tell you that you will never look at McDonald's the same way again...

Books by Michael Pollan, who was behind Food, Inc. above. In particular, Omnivore's Dilemma and An Eater's Manifesto. The first expands and expounds upon the problems Food, Inc. brings up and the second goes into some more research to the same matter as well as gives some ways to avoid the hazards of the American Diet (as in you are more likely to die if you et it - these resources have been instrumental in helping to reshapeour diet and my wife's health). - a natural beekeeping website

Natural Beekeeping by Ross Conrad. Conrad discusses the benefits and techniques of raising bees without chemical enhancements. It is much like other beekeeping "how to" books in he talks about all of the basics like how to select your bees, where to put them, how to do inspections, etc. But he also addresses how to deal with pests large and small, actions to take if your bees get sick, and what goes into getting organic certifications. He has a terrific section on how to deal with varroa mites.

The Honey Trail: In Pursuit of Liquid Gold and Vanishing Honey Bees by Grace Pundyk. Written more like a travelogue and journal, Pundyk explores the often sordid world of the honey industry, traveling from Yemen (does the honey industry fund terrorism?) to New Zealand (heal thyself with manuka honey!) to Borneo (those are some big bees) and beyond. Pundyk captures many of the interesting issues that surround bees and how we relate to them and the environment.