The Melissae's Field Guide to

Bee-Centric Apiculture

a Sacred Approach 
by Laura Bee Ferguson
This book will provide both the basics of beekeeping and a vision of beekeeping with Bee-Centricity at its core.

Bee-Centricity trusts intimate exploration into questions or solutions arising from personal experience, dreams, intuition, and interpretation of time spent with the bee. Trusting one’s senses as instruments and interacting with the colony within a custom of mutual consent opens up the study of the bee in a meaningful way. 

Our methodologies and approach will always consider the needs, temperament and condition of the bees, and their environs.  We remain open to learning styles that may be influenced by the bees. We also are willing to explore this relationship creatively.  This book will carry this message throughout. 


Expect a comprehensive field guide about the bee and the things beekeepers face in working with this animal and within the human culture around apiculture. 

Be Inspired to meet your honey bees in a whole new way.
To Be Released
Summer 2020
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INTRODUCTION 

to The Melissae's Field Guide to

Bee-Centric Apiculture: A Sacred Approach

If you are new to bees and beekeeping, welcome to one of the most fascinating pursuits in the human: animal field. The study in its true depth is, by its nature, rich in history and herstory, ethics and earth values. 

Waking up to human: bee relations is like receiving direct communication from the Earth herself.  Once you begin to walk down the beauty path of beekeeping, know that the world will open up to you in a whole new way. Be prepared to be delighted, bee-sotted, and bee-loved! 

When beginning beekeeping, many feel overwhelmed by the variety of perspectives and information available. This book will offer a navigable map and a thorough overview of modern apiculture. We will provide the information in a way that allows you to develop your way within the field. You will also become familiar with the way the bees may benefit from a bee-centric approach. 

Modern methodologies, especially queen-breeding, migratory and mono-crop pollination, and beekeeper-applied chemicals are creating havoc within the species. Visiting other countries shows that beekeeping in the United States is one of the weakest systems in the world. Agri-chemicals, annual re-queening practices, bottleneck breeding, migratory pollination, and the annual almond pollination event (where 90% of U.S. bees gather in one place to pollinate the California almond crop and share diseases every winter) have created a debilitated species of bees. This dynamic creates an environment where the bees survive only through chemical dependency, re-queening, and replacement. 

Even though bees are often treated as a product in the current agricultural paradigm, and the industry itself is entrenched in the “better living through chemistry” paradigm, the trend is toward understanding the intrinsic wisdom of the bee. This wisdom is inherent in her genetic ability to adapt and transform back into a healthy creature. However, genetics alone are not going to self-heal the species. 

To support the natural evolution and repair of the bee species, we need to apply an improved epigenetic environment. We must do this for the good of all bee species. 

Health and medicine, diet and agriculture have all begun to develop new understandings within their fields. Many people see the wisdom in reducing the consumption of processed foods, increasing food diversity, and avoiding chemicals in their diets for the good of their health. Organic farming, permaculture, and biodynamics have begun to enter into the language of agriculture as healthier to the crops, soil, water, and other animal species. These philosophies are contributing to changing our relationship to beekeeping. We are beginning to see that what is good for the bee is good for humanity. 

Thought leaders and people everywhere have begun to show, through scientific study, that protocols such as these may become a significant trend and solution to the current issues bees are facing. 

We, at the College of the Melissae, (with this author as its director) are developing an informed and intuitive style of beekeeping. The College of the Melissae is an online and on-the-ground, international learning platform dedicated to decolonizing science, re-wilding the bees, and learning to become more attuned with Nature. We also work in the communities in which we live, changing laws and policies, protecting and planting for pollinators. We have been developing and working in the beekeeping world as a collective since the College’s founding in 2012.  

We explore communication with the bee. When we handle bees through listening, tuning in to scent and timing, minimizing intrusion, and encouraging an excellent forage environment, we are doing something that is being asked of us by the bee. 

When we work with bees, we become more aware of Nature, including the many other companion species of pollinators, plants, and elements. 

Ultimately this manuscript is offered so that you can develop a thorough understanding of the language and culture within the beekeeping world and then develop your own style of beekeeping.

 

It is our wish that you will choose to participate in the philosophy of a new trajectory within the realm of beekeeping, called Bee-Centricity.