Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Great New Urban Beekeeping Book

Our new friend from London, Luke Dixon, as just had his book published about urban beekeeping called Keeping Bees In Towns and Cities.
From the publisher:
Luke Dixon is a professional beekeeper based in Soho, London. He manages hives for the London College of Fashion, Ted Baker, and Kensington Palace, among others, and keeps his own hives in the gardens of London's Natural History Museum. In the winter, when beekeeping duties slacken off, he returns to his first career as a theater director. 

 The book is not only an excellent overview of both the challenges and opportunities of urban beekeeping, but it also includes experiences of a variety of beekeepers from around the globe.  In it you will see many familiar faces from the urban beekeeping world such as Andrew Cote from NYC, Karl Arcuri from Arcuri from Austin, Chris Albert from Chicago, and a number of other urban beeks.

From Amazon:
Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities features everything an urbanite needs to know to start keeping bees: how to select the perfect hive, how to buy bees, how to care for a colony, how to harvest honey, and what to do in the winter. Urban beekeeping has particular challenges and needs, and this book highlights the challenges and presents practices that are safe, legal, and neighbor-friendly.
The text is rounded out with profiles of urban beekeepers from all over the world, including public hives at the Maryland Center for Horticulture, beekeeping on an office balcony in Melbourne, Australia, and a poolside hive at a hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia.

We really enjoyed this read, and I plan to use it as our textbook in our upcoming classes.  Please support Luke and give this book a read!


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