Show Me the Honey: Adventures of an Accidental Apiarist

Show Me the Honey: Adventures of an Accidental Apiarist

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"If you think beekeeping is a quick and easy shortcut to wealth, this book will set you straight. . ." —New York Times

A lighthearted, self-deprecating account of one fledgling beekeeper’s misadventures. With wit and warning in equal measure, this informative, refreshingly honest narrative will resonate with any new beekeeper.

When Dave Doroghy’s sister gave him 15,000 honey bees as a Christmas gift, his practical knowledge of beekeeping would have fit on the proverbial backend of an Apis mellifera. He spent the next two years learning everything he needed to know to keep that beehive alive and well—he attended a beekeeping conference, joined a bee club, and even went to bee school. But bad things still happened—he sustained multiple stings, wasps attacked his hive, he fought an ongoing battle with killer varroa mites, and even lost his queen—twice!

In Show Me the Honey Doroghy recounts his often tension-filled misadventures in beekeeping with self-deprecating humour and lightheartedness. Whether it’s the impending chaos of transferring tens of thousands of insects to an outyard, the horror of discovering bees on the inside of his beekeeping suit, or just wondering if he will end up with even an ounce of honey for all his efforts, Doroghy shares the joy, the surprises, and the less-acknowledged financial sting of keeping bees. Above all, he relishes in the details of keeping a hive and getting to know the fascinating little creatures that inhabit those mysterious wooden boxes.

In Show Me the Honey Doroghy recounts his often tension-filled misadventures in beekeeping with self-deprecating humour and lightheartedness. Whether it's the impending chaos of transferring tens of thousands of insects to an outyard, the horror of discovering bees on the inside of his beekeeping suit, or just wondering if he will end up with even an ounce of honey for all his efforts, Doroghy shares the joy, the surprises, and the less-acknowledged financial sting of keeping bees. Above all, he relishes in the details of keeping a hive and getting to know the fascinating little creatures that inhabit those mysterious wooden boxes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771513227
Publisher: Heritage Group Distribution
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 617,154
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dave Doroghy has worked in radio broadcasting and advertising, and has spent the last 30 years in sports marketing. He was the Vice President of the former NBA Vancouver Grizzlies and more recently the Director of Sponsorship Sales for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Dave now lives on a floating home just outside of the city where he raises bees, and blogs about it at houseboathoney.com. He is the co-author of 111 Places in Vancouver You Must Not Miss.


Rick Hansen is the Founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation and a passionate supporter of people with disabilities in Canada. He is best known as the “Man In Motion” for his epic 26-month, 34 country, 40,000 km wheelchair trip around the world to prove the potential of people with disabilities and raise funds for spinal cord injury research.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rick Hansen 1

Preface 5

Waggle Dancing on a Tidal Estuary 8

The Sting 27

The Process of Creating an Almost-Perfect Food 37

The Outyard 48

God Save the Queen 71

The Mighty Mite 91

Show Me the Honey 101

I've Looked at Bees from Both Sides Now 112

Wasps, Mashed Potatoes, and an Etch A Sketch 127

Sugar, Sugar 147

Conventional Wisdom 165

Swarming Bee Clubs 183

Bee School 203

Fly United 219

Old Man Winter 239

All My Bees Are Dead 251

Splitsville 275

Acknowledgements 293

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