Michael Bush been steadily keeping bees since the mid 70’s. Over the years, he’s had an eclectic set of careers including printing and graphic arts, construction and computer programming. Usually keeping from two to seven hives up until the year 2000, Michael was forced into more experimentation when Varroa hit, an event that resulted in more hives. He has steadily increased the number of his hives over the years, reaching about 200 in 2008.
Michael is an active participant on many of the online beekeeping forums producing at least 50,000 posts to date. He is also a committed writer and author of The Practical Beekeeper: Volume I – Beginning Beekeeping Naturally. Michael explains how to keep bees in a natural and practical system without treatments for pests and diseases and only minimal interventions. He advocates for simple practical beekeeping which reduces your work, a concept that falls outside mainstream beekeeping theory. Many of Michael’s ideas are contrary to “conventional” beekeeping and are techniques he has honed over decades of experimentation, adjustments and simplification. Michael wrote the book’s content and then refined it in response to the many conversations, questions and answers he has been a part of as a bee forum contributor. In other words, his work is carefully tailored to the real needs of both new and experienced beekeepers.