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Learning Bee Keeping in the most Earth friendly way!

 
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Can anyone recommend a Beekeeping course that is the Organic-natural way to keep bees?  I am new to this and I want to learn this skill in a way that is the most respectful to the Earth.  Thank you!  
 
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Welcome to Permies!!
We did a book giveaway last year with Leonid Sharashkin, Keeping Bees with a Smile
He was awesome, posted quite a bit on the forums, and has classes he teaches. Put his name in the Search function here! Wonderful man, we loved him!
 
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That book is an excellent place to start. It's geared towards very cold climates but it also helps understand things from the bee's perspective. Here's Leo's website https://horizontalhive.com/index.shtml which is also informative.

"Organic & natural" bee classes seem to be rare. I think Leo's would be excellent. Michael Cox runs a treatment free group on Facebook. Check his bees posts here at permies for that address. I suggest taking a beginner class from your local beekeeping organization & when they mention chemicals ask them about alternatives. Read some of the other permies bee threads too. The forum is not a class but it's natural & organic.

In my opinion & experience ... it boils down to starting with strong locally adapted bees in a nontoxic environment with plenty of bee food plants around. Then observe them carefully but mostly leave them alone. Survival of the fittest.
 
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https://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/darwinian-beekeeping
 
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Warre hives and beekeeping is also another option.
 
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