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Susan's books celebrating our deep and healing connection with nature and animals are published in more than 20 languages world-side. Her bees are “relatives,” along with her dogs, cats, ducks, and backyard frogs. Susan is devoted to her bees and to bee-centered beekeeping—a philosophy that puts the bees’ needs first. Susan’s hives are treatment free, collected yearly from wild swarms. Susan experiments with many kinds of hive bodies for her bees, including log hives, top bars, Warre’s, and now Sun Hives and skeps. She also creates pollinator hotels for her yard, attracting more varieties of native pollinators each year. Susan teaches beginning beekeeping classes in the Pacific Northwest.
Once again, I find myself gloriously behind the times. In this particular case, a few thousand years behind the times. I built and maintain a wall beehive — a colony housed in the wall of my bedroom. I have been calling it my Observation Hive because it has a plexiglas cover on the inside wall, […]Read more »
This is my first summer keeping bees in straw hives called “skeps.” Come follow my journey!Read more »
On a very frigid winter day a couple of months ago, I bundled up in my down parka and went to the bee yard to do my daily “Clear Away.” Two of my Top Bar hives came with bottom entrances—those long slits that run across the bottom of the hive face. Taking a thin stick […]Read more »
You really don’t need to know a lot to bring home your first bees. Just take care of some important basics, and learn as you go.Read more »
I teach a series of beginning beekeeper classes called Bee-Centered Beekeeping: Putting Bees’ Needs First. My approach is non-treatment and minimal intervention, trusting the bees to take care of most things themselves. My guiding principle—“What do bees like?”—informs how I work with my hives.Read more »