"The honeybee, Apis mellifera, is a species on the cusp of culture and nature"


Devastating honeybee losses have resulted in rallying calls to ‘save our bees’. Media interest and a multitude of campaigns have raised public awareness and yet also reinforced popular myths. Concern for bees is high, but what might it mean to consider the conservation of a farmed creature?

Informative and thought-provoking, Farming for the Landless travels from the intensive agriculture of Romania to fallow post-war Kosovo, from remote sites in Slovenia and Sweden to the urban sprawl of Paris and London, exploring changes across the European landscape to better understand this critical moment for honeybees, beekeepers and the non-farming landless community we have largely become.

Written by Sarah Waring | Edited by Opher Thomson

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through Northern Bee Books or through order at your local bookstoreISBN 978-0-9569404-6-9


Beautifully written and contains some lovely and fascinatingly obscure stories about the lives of beekeepers in different parts of the world. It deserves to be widely read.Dave Goulson, Biologist, Conservationist and Author of A Buzz in the Meadow, Jonathan Cape
This is an important and timely book relevant for beekeepers, farmers, conservationists and anyone who has an interest in our environment. It should be of considerable interest, too, to lay people, who have become aware of some of the problems bees are facing, as dished about by the media, so that they have a better understanding of the issues involved. Sarah has tackled a very difficult and emotive subject rationally, giving the reader an enormous amount of information to digest and consider. It is a very readable book, broken up beautifully from time to time with lyrical passages describing her time with bees and the varied landscapes through which she travelled.John Phipps, Editor, Beekeepers Quarterly
Waring’s writing is lively and engaging, with complex beekeeping issues neatly explored on her colourful travels around Europe. Each chapter parachutes the reader into the lives and preoccupations of beekeeping tribes of Europe, illuminating the craft of beekeeping from the inside. These stories have the precision of embedded journalism, animated by the mindfulness of a prose poet.Dale Gibson, Apis Consultancy & Bermondsey Street Bees, London
If you're concerned about the health and survival of honeybees, then this book is likely one of the most informative books you will find. Waring’s research and commitment to the study of honeybees shines through every page.Chris Inch, Beekeeping in Ontario




Decline and disorder. Precedents. A question of scale. Hives at the bottom of the garden. Pollination needs. A poisoning. Insects as pests. Chemical warfare. The “weird world” of systemics.
Edwin ClarkHobbyist beekeeper, Lincolnshire, UK
Mike ThurlowCommercial beekeeper, Orchid Apiaries, Norfolk, UK
Protest. Toxic limits. Dust drift. The cheap-fix. Pressure from all sides: parasites, viruses and pesticides. Proof. Lobbying and political fallout. The suspension.
Armin TrenkelAgricultural scientist, Landwirtschaftliches Technologiezentrum (Agricultural Technology Centre), Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Hemma KöglbergerSmall-scale beekeeper and agricultural scientist, Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit (Agency for Health and Food Security), Lower Austria, Austria


Domestic-feral. Swarming and proliferation. Taking control: a docile and productive bee. A remote site. Exporting a loss of distinction. Shipped in en-mass. The hybrid pool. Losing control: genetic introgression. Responsibility. Local rearing, the world over.
Bee-rearing stationUpper Carniola, Slovenia
Aleš GregorcProfessor and researcher of honeybee rearing, Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Far from cultivation. A place to thrive. Climate and change. A place to survive. Co-adaptation. Choice intervention. A considerate future.
Helen BergqvistRegional beekeeping expert, Lapland, Sweden


Concrete honey. Dead nature and the life indicator. Up-close and hands-on. Bees as community. Quantifying forage. Connecting habitat. Worth, value and use. Conserving a farmed creature. All beekeepers.
Olivier DarnéArtist beekeeper, Parti Poétique, St. Denis, Paris, France
Caroline BirchallSmall-scale beekeeper, ecologist and Bee Collective founder, London, UK
Sylejman & Ayni ZogianiCommercial beekeepers, Fushë Kosovë, Kosovo
Tiberiu & Mihaela ChirãnescuMigratory beekeepers, Dobruja, Romania