I can’t say that I’ve ever picked up a beekeeping book as well-researched as Farming for the Landless by Sarah Waring. I had the pleasure of reading this book recently and was surprised by the level of detail and supporting data found within the pages because not many beekeeping books cite as many real world studies and examples as Farming for the Landless.

This book is very focused on European beekeeping practices and politics, which I was not very familiar with (even though the bees that I–and most of us–keep are European honeybees). It doesn’t take long, while reading this book, to realize that many of the problems affecting bees are spread worldwide. Waring explores the lives of beekeepers big and small as well as agricultural scientists as she details many of the ailments currently threatening honeybees across the globe.

If you are a beginner beekeeper looking for an instructional “how-to” guide, this is likely not the book for you. However, if you are a beekeeper (or not) concerned about the health and survival of honeybees, then this book is likely one of most informative books you will find. Even if you never plan on keeping bees yourself, the information in this book will alter the way that you look at bees and open your eyes to the huge problems that the tiny honeybee is facing.

Farming for the Landless is an excellent book to add to your beekeeping library and Waring’s research and commitment to the study of honeybees shines through every page of this book.


Farming for the Landless
By Sarah Waring
Published April 2015
Platin Press