A Vision Evolved
This DVD provides everything you need to know to begin—or shift over to—the holistic, bee guardianship method of beekeeping. It is a tool you can review again and again, learning something new with every viewing.


Top Bar Hive How to DVD
DVD - How-To Top Bar Hive Bee Guardianship

At backyardhive.com, we’ve been teaching bee guardian methods and providing unique top bar hives and hive tools for the new brand of beekeeper for many years. Our DVD, “Alternative Beekeeping Using the Top Bar Hive and Bee Guardian Methods” fills the information gap by offering the first professional-quality video for beginner bee guardians using top bar hives.

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What’s in this DVD and why is it different from our old one?

The past decade has seen the rise of a new kind of beekeeper—what we’ve termed a “bee guardian” who keeps bees for the bees’ sake.

This revolutionary, sustainable, and gentle method of beekeeping respects the unique and profound superorganism that is the honeybee. Bee guardianship methods in top bar hives is surprisingly easy on both bee and bee guardian, and results in reduced-stress, thriving hives and genetically strong bees.

A big problem for bee guardians worldwide has been that while the interest in backyard beekeeping has exploded, the literature and information for this new paradigm of beekeeping has not kept up. There has been little available in books or other media that teach beginning beekeepers a congruent system for keeping bees in these new ways, from selecting a proper hive, to placing it, and working with bees season to season.


This teaching tool is a full 90-minute program ,that fully expands upon this method, making use of all we’ve learned from our bees, our students, and our hives over the past 14 years. This thoughtful, thorough, and thoroughly engaging video fuses the most current bee science and organic bee husbandry into a holistic, visually stunning, and utterly bee-centric beekeeping model that will serve bees and their guardians for years to come. Whether you are a beginner or advanced beekeeper, there is much to learn here.

Chapters included in this DVD are:

1) Features of the Top Bar Hive

2) The Location of the Hive

3) Setting up Your Hive

4) Finding Bees for your Hive

5) How to Capture a Swarm

6) Introducing Bees into the Hive

7) About the Bee Colony

8) How the colony is Organized

9) Working with the Bees

10) Adventuring into the Hive

11) Single Comb Harvest

12) Processing Honey

13) Fall Preparations

14) Preparing your Hive for Winter

15) The Future

Especially helpful for the beginning beekeeper, but also full of information for beekeepers of any level. Alternative Beekeeping Using the Top Bar Hive and The Bee Guardian Methods includes beautiful cinematography from the Colorado mountains, where we have our own hives, showing hands-on techniques, close-up footage of hives, combs, cells and bees, footage from a bee workshop given by Corwin Bell and tons of practical tips and techniques that we’ve perfected over the years.

The Bottom Line
We wanted to create something that all our fellow beekeepers could learn from and use as a reference throughout their time caring for bees. We think we’ve done that. We hope you will too!


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Read the Reviews!


Dear Corwin and Karen,

Thanks so much for the DVD.  We finally had a chance to watch it last night and we loved it.

The visuals were gorgeous and the music mesmerizing.  We really appreciated the slow pace, repetition of images and music theme and all the attention to detail.  We were trying to put ourselves in the frame of mind of absolute beginners and think you did a great job of communicating what goes on in a beehive as well as a top bar hive.  The computer graphics worked really well both demonstrating and integrating with the other imagery.

Great also how you managed to get the global picture and small details all included (loved the feeding segment with the little dish and turkey baster!)

The video really made me (Ramona) want a top bar hive with a window (after viewing dvd I can't imagine not having a window) and the covetable forged hive tool.  Saw the Golden Mean Hive with upcoming super...would probably do that one.  (Reading this aloud to Dean he tells me that Corwin gave him the plans last summer...now I HAVE to get going!!!)  I used to win sewing contests when I was a kid and am excited to translate those skills to woodworking!

Your on-line store is perfect...everything is such good quality and so beautifully presented.  

OK...I'm ready to take the plunge and order that hive tool!  Dean reminded me that Corwin told him last summer that nothing would make him happier than to turn us into top bar hive converts...well, I guess we'll see!

Again, congrats on such a great dvd.  We're going to link it to our site...


Laurie and Dean
Authors of:
The Complete Idiots Guide to Beekeeping
A Treatment Free Guide to Beekeeping

Authors' Website:
Bee Unto Others

The new Backyard Hive DVD is incredible. It’s packed full 
of practical beekeeping instruction, beautiful 
cinematography and everything you need to know to get 
started as a beekeeper. I’ve been keeping bees for about 
4 years now and I learned quite a few new things from 
this video. I’ll definitely be using it to troubleshoot 
my hives and improve my methods! Thanks guys - you did 
a great job! 

Patty R., Black Hawk, CO

I just watched your new DVD: Alternative Beekeeping Using 
the Top Bar Hive and The Bee Guardian Methods. Wow... what 
a beautiful presentation!  It is definitely a wonderful 
instructional DVD to backyard beekeeping with a top-bar hive.

Carol K., San Diego, CA

Hello Backyard Hive Team, I just wanted to take a moment 
and tell you how thoroughly impressed I am with your new DVD.  
The footage is amazing -- the word 'cinematic' comes to mind -- 
just by watching the footage one can see that you have a special
connection to honeybees.  The content is also incredible. What 
you have here is much, much more than a simple "how to" for 
backyard beekeepers -- it's the start of a movement that will 
benefit honeybees and the environment for years and years to come.   
Never doubt the positive impact you are having on this earth.
Doug Hudiburg, Superior Colorado

The DVD starts out with an introduction to bee guardianship 
before going into extensive information on how to manage a 
top bar hive. The Video is very thorough, informative, and 
inspiring. The narration is almost meditative and film work 
visually appealing. This is a well produced video. A very 
refreshing approach to Bee keeping...The video lasts 
around 1 hour 30 minutes. .... Impressive... Todd G., Houston, TX

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