This is a series of ongoing articles for contemporary beekeepers who are interested in natural beekeeping and learning how to improve their bee stewarding skills. These articles are written by some of the great purveyors of fine bee-ish information. They are free to you (and your bees) and our gift to your continued flowering.

This series is dedicated to my Grandpa, Roy Bateman, an Illinois farmer who raised soybeans and corn, cattle and pigs … and tended his land and his family. He passed in the 1980s, just as Varroa destructor and modern agricultural practices changed the face of beekeeping (and so much else). He would have enjoyed meeting these writers …

Please enjoy this bounty …

TAMING THE MIGHTY MITE: Some Thoughts on Living with Varroa
Understanding Varroa so you can select for better, less-virulent mites and better-adapted bees.
(Kefyn M. Catley, Ph.D.) Now in Dutch/Flemish - thank you Luc Pintens! And Turkish - thank you Füsun Ertuğ!

THE HIGH COST OF ALMONDS … FOR BEES: The Great Elephant in the Room of Modern Apiculture
Bees, almonds, and the great annual American pollination ritual. A State of the Bee Union and what we can do to support honeybees in these times. (Debra Roberts, HolyBeePress)

TRUSTING THE BEES: Thoughts on a Stronger Stock or How to Raise Queens with Just a Few Hives
Learn an easy way to make a split (nuc, daughter colony) that helps to breed a stronger bee and supports the bees’ ability to select their own best future queens. (Carl Chesick, Director of Center for Honeybee Research)

Learn about an initiative begun in India called Sustainable Yogic Agriculture (SYA); how systemic thought-based meditation applied to all stages of a crop cycle, along with methods of traditional organic farming, are proving beneficial. (Tamasin Ramsay, Ph.D.) While this article is not about honeybees per se, Holy Bee Press believes that the SYA approach to agriculture is deeply relevant and applicable to good bee stewardship. A growing number of beekeepers, and women in particular, have already been incorporating meditation and other mindfulness practices into their beekeeping. We are deeply grateful to the author, Tamasin Ramsay, and also to LEISA India for kindly granting us permission to republish this article from the magazine: LEISA India (December 2012, Volume 14 no. 4). The great Tuscarora elder Ted Williams used to say that all we really have in this life is our Good Thoughts, Good Feelings, Good Words and Good Deeds. We wish you Good Thoughts (and all the rest) in your relationship with the bees … and all life. Please contact us at and let us hear about your practices with the bees that you are discovering to be beneficial to their well-being.


We hope you enjoy these articles. Please feel free to share them with anyone under the sun, moon and stars that might be interested. We are currently in the process of translating these articles into other languages (and if you, dear reader, want to translate one of these articles, please contact us). We want to be able to accommodate the growing interest expressed by the worldwide bee community; we are at your service. Stay tuned for more articles coming along from other great, bright women and men writers from around our fine bee world. And if you would like to express your appreciation to the authors, you can post a comment on this website and we will direct it to the writer.

Blessed be. Blessed bees.

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