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Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities

By Luke Dixon

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.

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“A solid overview. A worthy supplement to any beekeeping collection.” —Library Journal

“From bee boxes to procuring bees and maintaining healthy colonies to harvesting the honey, it is all covered here in accessible and practical text and a wealth of accompanying images.” —Belfast Republican Journal

“Walks you step by step through the process of raising bees and harvesting honey with a contagious passion enough to make anyone consider placing a hive out back.” —New Life on a Homestead

“An excellent resource.” —Beekeeping in Ontario blog

“Dixon shares his compelling account that describes how urban bees enjoy excellent health, help pollinate plants, produce rich and plentiful honey, and make for a rewarding hobby.” —Mother Earth News

“Providing a wealth of encouragement and comprehensive practical guidance to the aspiring beekeeper.” —The Ecologist

“An excellent overview of both the challenges and opportunities of urban beekeeping.” —DC Honeybees blog

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September 18, 2012