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Do Beekeeping

The secret to happy honeybees.

Orren Fox

Honey. Drizzled over a slice of fresh bread… or eaten directly from the spoonis one of life’s great pleasures. And with beehives on urban rooftops, in next door’s back garden – even schemes for adopting bees or renting hives – becoming a honey producer seems… possible. So how easy is it and what’s involved?

By sharing the journey of young beekeeper Orren Fox, you’ll discover that keeping your own honeybees is easier than you think. Find out:

  • How and where to set up your hive
  • The tools and equipment you need to get started
  • The job of inspecting the hive
  • How and when to harvest your honey

With delicious honey-based recipes shared by talented chefs and cooks, including Honey & Co, you’ll learn all about bees and their inspiring world of work and honey production. And may even be tempted to buy your first bee suit.

This paperback edition includes a free ebook download. 


Engaging, illustrated guide to beekeeping and harvesting honey, written by a prodigious young beekeeper.

The Bookseller

Truly fascinating. A timely and practical guide for the noble pursuit of keeping bees. Makes you want to read, learn and do! Do Beekeeping is a fun read and excellent resource, whether you’re planning on keeping bees yourself, or just curious.

Pete Whitten

With lovely photography...and packed with information, it reads like a good friend encouraging you to give beekeeping a try. And this time, I just might.

Edible Boston
Orren’s Do Lecture

The barefoot beekeeper

Margaret Mead would have loved Orren Fox. A soulful and gifted young man who has done more to help make a positive impact by the age of 15 than most folks do in a lifetime.

About the author

Orren Fox is young beekeeper, chicken farmer, sustainable-food advocate, longboard builder and student. He grew up in Newburyport, MA and has been keeping chickens and bees for most of his life. He was a speaker at the Do Lectures USA in 2012 when he was just 15 years old. Orren is the author of, a blog on raising chickens and bees, naturally.

In May 2012, Orren was invited to the White House as the guest of Kathleen Merrigan, then Deputy Secretary. As part of the 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' event, Orren was invited to send his honey to Sam Kass, the Executive Director of Let's Move and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy for a 'Honey Showdown'. The White House has hives and harvests the honey each year. Orren is also the founder of #beechat, a Twitter meetup whose goal is to gather beekeepers from around the world to share information and ultimately help bees.

Product details

  • Published: May 2015
  • Dimensions: 120 x 178mm
  • Extent: 144 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-907974-20-5
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-907974-21-2


Colour photography by Michael Piazza and line drawings by Anna Koska

Paper & print details

Paperback editions printed by OZGraf Print on Munken, an FSC-certified paper

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