Ep. 142 How to Be a Natural Beekeeper

Leo Sharashkin shares natural beekeeping techniques, capturing local, wild honeybee swarms, using horizontal hives, natural beekeeping benefits.

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Leo Sharashkin

In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends, natural beekeeper Leo Sharashkin talks about how to keep honeybees in sustainable ways on your property – including capturing local, wild swarms and using horizontal hives – that’ll benefit the bees, environment, and beekeeper.

Dr Leo Sharashkin is a full-time natural beekeeper and founder of the website Horizontal Hive. He’s editor of Keeping Bees With a Smile and Keeping Bees in Horizontal Hives, comprehensive books on natural beekeeping. He writes for American Bee Journal, Bee Culture, Mother Earth News, and other major publications. Leo homesteads in the Ozarks in southern Missouri, catching wild swarms and keeping bees in low-maintenance horizontal hives. He holds a doctorate in forestry from the University of Missouri and teaches natural beekeeping at his apiary, across the United States, and internationally.

Additional Resources:

Learn more about Leo and natural beekeeping, including free hive plans and free guides, at Horizontal Hive.

Order Keeping Bees With a Smile and Keeping Bees in Horizontal Hives.


Our Podcast Team:

Carla Tilghman and Jessica Mitchell
Music: “Epilogue ” by Josh Woodward

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