If you’ve ever thought about venturing into beekeeping, Homegrown Honey Bees can tell you what to expect.
The book, billed as “an absolute beginner’s guide,” was written by Alethea Morrison and illustrated with photos by Mars Vilaubi. They’re husband-and-wife beekeepers from Massachusetts who share their challenges, failures and successes to help others get started in beekeeping ventures of their own.
Morrison is clearly a beekeeping cheerleader, but she doesn’t try to make the hobby sound simpler than it is. “Beekeeping is not for the faint of heart,” she writes. “It’s like the extreme sport of animal husbandry.”
The book covers the basic how-tos and answers such questions as how often you can expect to be stung, how much money you’ll spend and how much time you’ll need to devote to beekeeping. Brief profiles of urban beekeepers from around the country are included.
The book is written in a conversational style, with humor, I’ve-been-there wisdom and plenty of encouragement.
Homegrown Honey Bees is published by Storey Publishing and sells for $14.95 in softcover.
— Mary Beth Breckenridge