Top Bar Hives – talk given by Les Crowder

More and more organically minded beekeepers are now using top-bar hives, in which the shape of the interior resembles a hollow log. Long-lasting and completely biodegradable, a top-bar hive made of untreated wood allows bees to build comb naturally rather than simply filling foundation frames in a box hive with supers. In gardens and on rooftops all over the world, the top-bar hive design has revolutionised the art and practice of beekeeping. Regular hive inspection and the removal of old combs helps to keep bees healthier and naturally disease-free and top-bar hives are now being used to raise healthy bees organically, without the use of antibiotics, miticides, or other chemical inputs.

Les Crowder will discuss everything about the top-bar hive, from hive management techniques to how to harvest and process honey and beeswax, to how to look after your bees naturally.

About the speaker

Les Crowder has devoted his entire adult life to the study and care of honeybees. He is dedicated to finding organic and natural solutions for problems commonly treated with chemicals. He designed his own top-bar hives and set about discovering how to treat disease and genetic weaknesses through plant medicine and selective breeding.

Les is co-author of the book “Top-Bar Beekeeping” and has taught beekeeping for over 40 years, mostly in the USA but also internationally. He has been a New Mexico State Department of Agriculture honeybee inspector and was president of the New Mexico Beekeepers Association.

Les is familiar with many styles of beekeeping and beehives and likes to help beekeepers make hives that are inexpensive and simple to make from a variety of materials. He teaches how to recognize problems with disease, parasites, queen fertility and always recommends management techniques that help the bees and the beekeeper overcome problems without always having to resort to toxic miticides or antibiotics. He often says he doesn’t keep bees, they keep him. Les is most content with an open beehive, no gloves, a cotton shirt, carefully avoiding crushing any bees and moving “tai chi” slow and “dancing with the colony.”

Date

24 Mar 2021

Time

7:00 pm

Cost

Free

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Cambridge Beekeepers
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  • Les Crowder
    Les Crowder
    Co-author of the book “Top-Bar Beekeeping”

    Les Crowder has devoted his entire adult life to the study and care of honeybees. He is dedicated to finding organic and natural solutions for problems commonly treated with chemicals. He designed his own top-bar hives and set about discovering how to treat disease and genetic weaknesses through plant medicine and selective breeding.

    Les is co-author of the book “Top-Bar Beekeeping” and has taught beekeeping for over 40 years, mostly in the USA but also internationally. He has been a New Mexico State Department of Agriculture honeybee inspector and was president of the New Mexico Beekeepers Association.

    Les is familiar with many styles of beekeeping and beehives and likes to help beekeepers make hives that are inexpensive and simple to make from a variety of materials. He teaches how to recognize problems with disease, parasites, queen fertility and always recommends management techniques that help the bees and the beekeeper overcome problems without always having to resort to toxic miticides or antibiotics. He often says he doesn’t keep bees, they keep him. Les is most content with an open beehive, no gloves, a cotton shirt, carefully avoiding crushing any bees and moving “tai chi” slow and “dancing with the colony.”

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