March 27, 2018

Christy Hemenway: Top Bar Hives


Christy Hemenway is a recognized leader in keeping bees in Top Bar Hives. She is a bee business owner, an author, a teacher and a speaker. She maintains the Facebook page Top Bar Hive Beekeeping and reports that the CT group is one of the largest!

Christy founded Gold Star Honeybees in 2007 to support and further the keeping of bees on their own natural wax comb, in light-weight, easy to manage top bar hives.  Gold Star Honeybees now produces the Gold Star top bar hive and other quality tools and accessories for top bar beekeeping.

Christy has written two books – “The Thinking Beekeeper-A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives” and its sequel “Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping – Next Steps for the Thinking Beekeeper” that support top bar hive beekeepers from beginner to advanced.  A copy of each of these books will be our raffle prizes and we will have the books available for sale at a nice club discount.

In 2011 Christy was invited to speak at the Maine Organic Farmers Association which was an independent TED event.  Her TED talk was titled “Making the Connection – Honeybees, Food, and YOU.”  It points up the importance of the connection between honeybees and nature and us.