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Kim Flottum and his new co-authored book

Podcast: Common Sense Natural Beekeeping with Kim Flottum

Our podcast guest this week is Kim Flottum, long time beekeeper and author of more than 6 books. His latest book is called Common Sense Natural Beekeeping: Sustainable, Bee-Friendly Techniques to Help Your Hives Survive and Thrive. He co-wrote it with Stephanie Bruneau, who wasn’t able to join us for the interview.

Kim has been a USDA researcher, a vegetable farmer, and the Editor of Bee Culture Magazine. Our conversation follows his trajectory through all of those jobs and more.

Kim Flottum
Kim Flottum is most comfortable among bees.

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Kim Flottum and his new co-authored book


Get a copy of this great book here.

Read Kim’s past articles on Bee Culture Magazine’s website

Listen to podcast Kim participates in:

Beekeeping Today Podcast

Honeybee Obscura Podcast

Dr. Tom Seeley – Kim mentioned his work and we highly recommend his book Honeybee Democracy. It’s fascinating.

What’s a Layens Hive? Find out more here.

Honey B Healthy – a product Kim mentioned to help keep them healthy.

Interested in beekeeping? There’s a lot of information out there. Use “Natural beekeeping” or “treatment-free beekeeping” when you search for resources near you. There’s a big difference between natural beekeeping and conventional methods.

Check out that one time we did a swarm rescue in this video. Two more swarms visited the same tree in the same month!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Rusty

    Why did mites kill my bees?

    1. Christy

      Varroa mites are a big problem. I recommend learning more about them because it’s a big subject, more than we can answer here. They damage bees during the growth stage and mutilate the wings so they can’t fly. But there are other issues they bring with them too. We don’t treat for varroa mites. The strong survive and continue to breed stronger resistant bees after them.

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