It starts shipping in late March! ($23.50, plus postage.)

Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists
NRAES 186, SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) Handbook 11

A step-by-step, full-color guide for rearing and managing bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, and other alternatives to honey bee pollinators.

For Beekeepers: Detailed information on each alternative pollinator’s biology and susceptibility to disease, pests and chemicals, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to rear and manage alternative pollinators.
For Growers: Guidance for understanding the business of pollination, matching pollinators to crops, and deciding how best to pollinate for successful agricultural production and pollinator protection.
For Conservationists: Easy-to-understand accounts of the honey bee’s plight, the business of pollination, and what can be done to protect pollinators and our food systems.

Looks like great info!

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. I like that they call it bee ranching in Appendix C. That’s what I call it!

  2. Our croft hasn’t been the same since our colonies died. Bees have a way of really bringing a place to life and while we still have bumblebees, they just don’t have the same buzz as tens of thousands of honey bees.

    Unfortunately, swarms are increasingly difficult to find and the cost of buying in nucleuses is prohibitive. I’d still like to get new colonies going, though.

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