Ross Conrad, 2012, DVD, 3 hrs, 13 min.
The video presents a comprehensive survey of natural beekeeping methods and challenges, including segments filmed in the field. It offers practical information that every aspiring beekeeper needs to know-everything from basic hive equipment to working with your bees to harvesting and processing honey.
The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past few decades, held parasitic mites and other major pests at bay. But today chemical resistance is building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to offer. In fact, there is evidence that such allopathic treatments are only making the bees' problems worse. In this filmed workshop, noted Vermont beekeeper Ross Conrad flips the script on traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management.
Ross Conrad is the author of Natural Beekeeping (Chelsea Green, 2007), a book that brings together the best organic and natural approaches to keeping honeybees healthy and productive. In the book, Conrad presents nontoxic methods of controlling mites, eliminating American foulbrood disease (without the use of antibiotics), breeding strategies, and many other tips and techniques for maintaining healthy hives, as well as detailed, holistic management techniques covered in a matter-of-fact way.