Philosophy behind Natural beekeeping: Here’s an extract from Teakwood Organics (USA) website that outlines the philosophy of natural beekeeping using the Warre hive:
“Bees are better at what they do than any of us could ever be! When humans intervene to help a bee colony solve a problem, they often create more problems, or problems where there actually were none.
Today, most commercial and hobby beekeepers are loading their hives with medications and chemicals to "help" the bees cope with all of the pests, diseases and stresses that they have been plaguing them for decades ... We believe in keeping bees a more natural way. We give the bees a home that serves them well, then we let the bees take care of themselves as much as possible. The bees know what they are doing. They've been surviving on their own for millions of years. Survival of the fittest is the natural way and minimal intervention is how strong bee colonies are made.
There are times, however, when some intervention is warranted. At those times, we prefer natural treatments over chemicals. Chemicals will only lead to more problems for bees and beekeepers in the long term. Let us help you have bee colonies that are healthy and happy, naturally.”
[Need to work out how to link to documents - Demeter International Bee Standards: PDF]
Sam Comfort from Anarchy Apiaries – breeding with Russian genetic stock and splitting a Kenyan top bar. Watch hive checks and swaps of queen bees from hives at two beeyards in Northern Dutchess county, New York.