BRATTLEBORO >> Local author and publisher Dede Cummings discusses her new book 'The Good Living Guide to Beekeeping; Secrets of the Hive, Stories From the Field, and a Practical Guide That Explains it All' published by Good Books, a division of Skyhorse Publishing of New York, at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6 at Everyone's Books, 25 Elliot St. This event will occur during Brattleboro's monthly Gallery Walk.

Beekeeping is nothing new—the ancient Egyptians were well versed in the benefits of living with bees — but in recent years, there has been a surge of folks struck with the desire to build and nurture a hive of their own. Beekeeping has become the passion of farmers in rural Vermont, Urbanites with rooftops in LA, and thousands of people in between. This book is for beginners and experts alike, with all the basic information you need to get started, as well as stories and tips that will inspire and instruct the most seasoned beekeeper.

Cummings offers readers something truly unique—a book that comes alongside you like a wise friend, offering sage advice as well as humorous anecdotes and fascinating interviews with beekeepers across the country.

At Everyone's Books in Brattleboro, she will be joined by local beekeeper, Gordon Fisher, of West Brattleboro. Cummings did an interview with this intrepid beekeeper, who is featured in the book, along with another local beekeeper, Jennings Berger from Townshend. Leland and Gray High School senior Lindsey Vachon worked on the book with Cummings and conducted a few of the interviews and learned about the publishing process.

At Phoenix Books in Burlington, she will feature the work of beekeepers Bill Mares and Scott Wilson.


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According to Vermont beekeeper, Scott Wilson, the co-owner of Heavenly Honey Apiary, "Cummings has bridged the gap between a typical textbook and 'how to' book by providing the reader with pertinent information coupled with humorous, but applicable, real-world examples. The symbiotic relationship between beekeeper and honeybee is displayed by the words of the beekeepers as they discuss why they love keeping bees. The novice beekeeper will gain a foundational understanding of the basic requirements for beginning this fascinating hobby. Interspersed throughout the book are amusing stories about beekeepers as well as their individual techniques with beekeeping. Not only will the reader learn about necessary concepts like smokers, hive tools, or veils, but will also have the benefit of reading about actual examples of local beekeepers relating their successes and failures."

Dede Cummings is the author of The Organic Composting Handbook and coauthor (with Alyssa Holmes of West Brattleboro) of The Medicinal Gardening Handbook. She is a publisher, book agent, avid gardener, and healthy living enthusiast. She lives in West Brattleboro.

For more information: call Everyone's Books at 802-254-8160.