Leo Sharashkin

Horizontal Hive

New Society Publishers


Leo Sharashkin is the founder of HorizontalHive.com and editor of Keeping Bees with a Smile, a comprehensive resource on natural beekeeping. He contributes to MOTHER EARTH NEWS, American Bee Journal, and Bee Culture, and he speaks internationally on sustainable beekeeping and organic growing. Sharashkin lives on a forest homestead in the Ozarks of southern Missouri, catching wild honeybee swarms and raising bees in low-maintenance, easy-to-build horizontal hives.

Leo is speaking in Texas and Kansas.


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Raising Honeybee Queens and Making Royal Jelly

Discover how, in addition to producing honey, any beekeeper can multiply honeybee colonies for their own use and for sale. Rear a few queens or a thousand using simple time-tested methods, and you’ll never have to buy bees again. Raising superior disease-resistant stock is exciting and profitable. Choose from several natural, chemical-free methods, with every step clearly explained. Also, produce royal jelly. It’s a hive product more nutritious and valuable than honey!
Animal Husbandry

Speaking At:

Texas, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage

Natural Beekeeping That Works

Discover how keeping bees can be simpler than growing tomatoes. Learn the tested methods that allow you to add any number of hives to your farm or garden with minimal cost. Start with free local bees that are resilient and productive, choose a hive model that is bee-friendly and requires minimal management, and let the bees do the rest. Leo Sharashkin packs this visually rich presentation with practical information that you can easily apply in both rural and urban settings.
Animal Husbandry

Speaking At:

Texas, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Grit Stage

Native Plants for Honeybees and Other Pollinators

Join us to learn how honeybees can produce unique and flavorful honeys from native nectar plants. Learn about the simple and economic strategies to establish, improve, and conserve the plantings of native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. Hear about the benefits they provide and the honeys they produce. Leo Sharashkin also discusses how marketing artisanal honey can support livelihoods, help conserve blossoming landscapes, and save populations of local pollinators.
Animal Husbandry Organic Gardening

Speaking At:

Texas, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Grit Stage

Honey and Beebread: Superfoods from the Hive Hands-on Workshop

Honey can be a powerful superfood or it can be laced with sugar syrup and toxic pesticides. Come learn how to craft honey with the highest nutritional value and a high concentration of beebread — the flower pollen fermented by bees, a natural probiotic. Discover how flowers, beekeeping practices, and honey processing affect honey purity and quality, and how you can make the best honey while also being gentle on bees. See honeycomb rich in beebread, fresh from the hive, and pressed on a honey press before your very eyes, then taste honey like you've never had it before! Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today!
Animal Husbandry

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