Cloth, 244 pp., $19.95
Recognized authorities on beekeeping, Malcolm Sanford and the late Richard Bonney lead readers through the basics of the subject and the challenges of managing a bee hive. They prudently remind readers of the preparation and personal commitment involved when keeping bees. These are sensitive animals requiring careful handling for both their health and that of their handler. This informative guide contains a review of the life, behavior, and history of the bee; the proper equipment and placement of a hive; tips on managing a colony, harvesting a crop, and pollination; and, last, pests and diseases of the honey bee. Accompanying the text is a glossary, a sample community ordinance on beekeeping, a pollination contract, and information on resources for supplies. Nicely illustrated with line drawings, the text is an inspiring, informative introduction to an age-old craft.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden