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First Lessons in Beekeeping

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Originally published in 1917, this is a wonderful early work on beekeeping and contains much information and many photos. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Home Farm Books are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the origina ...more
ebook, 132 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Home Farm Books (first published January 1st 1951)
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Jul 01, 2011 jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bees, 2011
I read this on googlebooks because it's part of the public domain. I do own an old physical copy of this book, but I never read it until I got my fancy new cell phone where you can read googlebooks. ANYWAY! It's nearly 100 years old. Dadant is considered one of the founding fathers of modern beekeeping, and reading this book, you can see his fingerprints all over everything we do in modern beekeeping. One of the reasons I love bee-ing a beekeeper is how much things don't change. My smoker looks ...more
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Apr 22, 2011 A.K. Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best starter guide out there and is highly recommended by all beekeeping supply stores' starter kits. It is only a starting platform and has very good basic techniques for the novice beekeeper.
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Dec 04, 2014 Quintin Holmberg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beekeeping
This is, typically, the recommended first book for beginning beekeepers. I could not disagree more!

I finally picked this book up to read after my second year of beekeeping. After reading half of it, I put it down and away. It is the best starting point if one wants to learn to keep bees with the current conventional methods. Unfortunately, many of these current methods are some of the factors leading to our current predicament around colony collapse disorder. A few I caught were ...

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Jan 28, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No, dear neighbors, I don't plan to keep bees. However, this title caught my eye while I waited on someone in Dogwood Books. I'm sure the sweet little bee hive on the cover that reminded me of Winnie the Pooh had something to do with it. I'm always intrigued by practical hobbies and the passionate people behind them. I love books that tell me so eloquently how to do or make or produce something. So many of these useful skills are becoming lost arts. That being said if you want to know the basics ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thin, brief, dated. Nothing wrong, but old black and white pictures stink. Much better to read Idiots Guide to Beekeeping, or Beekeeping for Dummies.
Jill Bowman
Probably a pretty good book but all it said to me was 'No, that's a lot of work'. It didn't put me off taking some classes and making a decision in the future though.
Jan 04, 2009 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-books
A bit outdated - but good information, diagrams, resources. I likely wouldn't go back to it, but it is good to look through to get background information.
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a hundred years and not much has changed.
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