A hands-on workshop in the field from master beekeeper Les Crowder focusing on how to manage bees naturally using the innovative top-bar hive system. In backyards and on rooftops all over the world, the top-bar hive design is revolutionizing the art and practice of beekeeping. With top-bar hives the bees naturally construct their own wax combs rather than relying on prefabricated frames of plastic cell foundation in a typical box-type hive. And top-bar hives are now being used to raise healthy bees organically, without the use of antibiotics, miticides, or other chemical inputs. In this instructive video, New Mexico beekeeper Les Crowder shares his 30 years’ experience in developing best practices for working with bees in top-bar hives. Les and Heather Harrell, authors of Top-Bar Beekeeping, discuss everything from hive management techniques to how to harvest and process honey and beeswax to the best plants to grow for the foraging bees. The natural, low-stress methods outlined in this video are perfect for home or hobbyist beekeepers who seeking to manage bees intensively and holistically. The material will also be valuable for home orchardists, gardeners and permaculture practitioners who are interested in bees as pollinators, as well as for their honey and beeswax. Copyright 2012, DVD format, 50 minutes.