Resource Library

These resources are available for use by MEBA members and can be checked out for one month.
The library inventory is brought to the monthly meetings.


Building Beehives for Dummies Howland Blackiston 2013 Provides everything you need to learn how to build some of the world’s most popular hives and beekeeping accessories.
First Lessons in Beekeeping Keith S. Delaplane 2007 Provides new beekeepers with informative text and color photos that demonstrate the techniques described.
Hive Management:  A Seasonal Guide for Beekeepers Richard E. Bonney 1990 The beekeeper’s year begins with a late winter hive inspection and ends with “putting the bees to bed” in the autumn. Hive Management offers concise, up-to-date information on the whole range of beekeeping tasks.
Home Grown Honey Bees:  An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping Your First Year, from Hiving to Honey Harvest Alethea Morrison 2013 Covers the basics of the first year of beekeeping.
Honey Bee Removal Cindy Bee, Bill Owens 2010 Safely removing bees from structures is a skill, and art, a science, a craft and a service to the community. And never has the information this book offers been gathered with such precision, elegance and dedication.
Mastering The Art of Beekeeping, V. 2 Ormond and Harry Aebi 1979
Natural Beekeeping:  Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture Ross Conrad 2013 Revised and updated with new resources and including full-color photos throughout, Natural Beekeeping offers all the latest information in a book that has already proven invaluable for organic beekeepers. The new edition offers the same holistic, sensible alternative to conventional chemical practices with a program of natural hive management, but offers new sections on a wide range of subjects.
Observation Hives:  How to Set Up, Maintain and Use a Window to the World of Honey Bees Thomas Webster, Dewey Caron 2007 This is the only book of its kind. A How-To guide for set-up, management and use of an observation hive. Many useful experiments and tips
The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 4th ed. Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile 2011 The best single-volume guide to the hobby and profession of beekeeping. Featuring clear descriptions and authoritative content, this handbook provides step-by-step directions accompanied by more than 100 illustrations for setting up an apiary, handling bees, and working throughout the season to maintain a healthy colony of bees and a generous supply of honey. This book explains the various colony care options and techniques, noting advantages and disadvantages, so that beekeepers can make the best choices for their own hives.
The Classroom:  Beekeeping Questions and Answers Jerry Hayes 1998 18 chapters of questions and answers with illustrations
The Hive and the Honey Bee Joe M. Graham, ed. 1992 Comprehensive reference work on bees and beekeeping.
The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook: A Guide to Creating, Harvestng, and Cooking with Natural Honeys Kim Flottum 2012 Goes beyond the scope of a cookbook to introduce to readers the literal cornucopia of honey varieties available. It is an insight into the practical, back-to-the-earth beekeeping lifestyle and well as the artisan cultivation of honey varieties.
The World of Bees, (A vivid account of the Remarkable Life of the Bee) Murray Hoyt 1965 Discusses the life cycle and colony organization of honey bees.
Top-Bar Beekeeping Les Crowder, Heather Harrell 2012 Provides complete information on hive management and other aspects of using these innovative hives. All home and hobbyist beekeepers who have the time and interest in keeping bees intensively should consider the natural, low-stress methods outlined in this book.
Toward Saving the Honeybee Gunther Hauk 2008 Addresses pests and diseases threatening honey bees worldwide.


The Bee Works series.
Getting Started.    David Eyre 2001 Apiarist David Eyre works through step by step methods of starting a hive, discussing equipment, bees manipulation of the hive, to produce successful first steps in keeping bees.
Volume 1.  Spring to Summer.  (90 minutes) David Eyre 2001 David takes you through the daily work in a small bee yard.  The easy conversational style leads you through all the tasks needed for successful beekeeping, from spring to high summer.
Volume 2.  Summer to Winter.  (90 minutes) David Eyre 2001 The follow-up to Volume 1, taking you through the rest of the year.  Showing honey removal, extracting, marketing, feeding, Varroa treatment and wrapping for winter.
Queen Rearing. (90 minutes) David Eyre 2001  Showing the three different of Queen rearing, from simple basic splits to full fledged grafting and using the “Nicot System”.
An Introduction to Beekeeping  Ed Mabesoone 2011
An Introduction to Beekeeping; a Step-by-Step Guide  Ed Weiss 1985
Back to the Basics of Inspections (28 min.)   E. E. Mabesoone 2011 This DVD takes you through a colony inspection from top to bottom.
Bee Removal Brushy Mountain Bee Farm 2010 We tag along with Bill Owens, designer of the Owen’s Bee Vac, as he goes on a bee removal. In this DVD he is removing a colony from a building before it is demolished, but the techniques are applicable to any removal.
Bees and Beekeeping, A Year in the Life of an Apiary Keith Delaplane (8 – 30-minute Segments)
Comb Honey Production Brushy Mountain Bee Farm 2010 Ed Buchanan has been raising bees a long time and producing comb honey just as long. Enjoy the conversation between Ed and Shane Gebauer as they explore the topic of producing and packaging comb honey. They cover numerous tips and tricks to get your hive to create a beautiful comb honey and then the best method of packaging it for sale or gifts.
English Garden Hives Brushy Mountain Bee Farm This DVD takes you through a full year of keeping bees with two Garden Hives. First a location is picked. Package bees are installed and fed. Hives are examined and equalized. Supers are added and honey is produced. This is a good first lesson with what will be a wonderful experience for you.
Extracting Brushy Mountain Bee Farm 2010 We extract last year’s Spring honey crop with our Compact Deluxe (basket style), 9 Frame Hand Radial, and our 20 Frame Deluxe extractor. Uncapping is done with a cold knife, hot electric knife, uncapping plane, and our sideline uncapper. We even explain and use a capping scratcher. Don’t understand extracting? You will!
Keeping Bees & Producing Honey:  A Introduction Brushy Mountain Bee Farm This beginners’ DVD gives you almost 2-1/2 hours of instruction. It covers assembly, basic management, tools, feeding, bee biology, and much, much more.
Medications and Pesticides (24 min.) E.E. Mabesoone This DVD shows how to mix and dispense some medications and pesticides used in honeybee colonies.
Package Bees the Easy Way  (26 min.)   E. E. Mabesoone Watch a beekeeper install two packages of bees. Each of the two packages (and queens) is installed in a different manner. This DVD also shows the use of different feeders.
Queen of the Sun.  What Are the Bees Telling Us?  (82 minutes) Jon Betz, prod. 2010 A profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis.  Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.  Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balances with nature.
Queen Rearing David Eyre
Requeening and Colony Division Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Visit five commercial beekeepers and learn their methods and tricks for requeening and making splits. Almost a full hour.
Successful Queen Rearing.   University of Minnesota Extension.  DVD with Textbook
Swarm Boxes Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Just like fishing you can catch your own bees. Just like fishing you need to know the tricks and this 50 minute presentation shows them all!
The Art of Requeening (16 min.)  This DVD shows how to requeen honeybee colonies
Two for One Splits and Divides (17 min.)   This video shows how to make a split.
Vanishing of the Bees (87 min.) Ellen Page, narr. 2010 Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the plante, literally vanishing from their hives.  Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenonmenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing hundreds of fruits and vegetables.  This film follows commercial beekeepers as they stives to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S.


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