Grant Gillard


Grant F.C. Gillard began keeping bees in 1981 following his graduation from Iowa State University. He started with twenty hives in southern Minnesota and now keeps around two-hundred hives in southeast Missouri where he sells honey at the local farmer's markets. He is a frequent conference speaker, author, husband and father and pastors the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MO.

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Essential Oil Recipe for Honey Bees: Lemongrass and Spearmint Oil Feeding Stimulant
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock » General, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Green business
Over the past ten to twelve years, beekeepers have benefitted from adding a feeding stimulant to their syrups, namely one made out of lemongrass essential oil and spearmint essential oil. Since neither of these oils mix with water, an emulsifier must be added. You can make your own feeding stimulant with my recipe and save money, making a mix that 1/3 the cost of commercial varieties.
Apivar Miticide Application Instructions for Treatments of Varroa Mites on Honey Bees in Bee Hives
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Sustainable living
Apivar Miticide Application Instructions for Treatments of Varroa Mites on Honey Bees in Bee Hives is a simple, step-by-step method of applying the newest miticide for beekeepers to combat varroa mites. Varroa mites are likely the primary cause of a host of problems, including CCD or Colony Collapse Disorder, the strangely mysterious disappearance of honey bees.
The Eight-Penny Bracelet
Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Essay » Sociology
(5.00 from 1 review)
Who knows what treasures lurk when the family finally comes to grips with selling the family farm. The patriarch and matriarch are long deceased, but it takes the grown children some time to put closure on their grief and move forward with the inevitable. But to their surprise, they find an old relic that rekindles the memories of their deceased siblings.
Magnanimity: Making Room for Others
Price: Free! Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Essay » Author profile, Essay » Sociology
Just when you think there's no more room at the table, you're going to be asked to make room for others, especially other people NOT like you! This means there is grace for your back-stabbing boss, your lying in-laws, your nosy neighbor. Jesus picks a couple of wild stories to remind his friendly town-folk that God has a bigger plan in mind than what they're thinking.
Big Al's Last Blast
Price: Free! Words: 7,670. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Mystery & detective
They say you can't fight city hall, but with the untimely death of Mayor Alvin Swanson, aka, "Big Al," the door of opportunity opened wide. As a small town mortician, Frank saw an opportunity to avenge the wide-spread corruption Big Al infused into every business deal. If his plan worked, he could take out all the crooked city council members as well. He could bring hope to the city.
Honey! It Turned to Sugar
Price: Free! Words: 2,710. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Nature
I produce local, raw honey which is often subject to granulation issues. Often, people think (erroneously) that granulated honey went "bad," or it "turned to sugar." The other stuff, the mass produced store-brand honey comingled with cheap, foreign honey is pasteurized and filtered to retard granulation, but it is robbed of its nutritional value. This manuscript details granulation issues.
Keeping Honey Bees and Swarm Trapping
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 13,570. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock » Farm animals
“Swarm Trapping” is the follow-up to the manuscript on chasing swarms. Swarm trapping is another aspect to free bees that entails catching that runaway swarm even when I’m not around and in places I can’t alway be. I began to think about creating some kind of a temporary location that would attract the scout bees so I wouldn’t necessarily have to be present to retrieve the swarm.
Beekeeping With Free Bees
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 53,030. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Green living
Beekeeping is an expensive hobby, but the enterprising bee keeper can expand their operation with free bees. Honey bees swarm every spring and to those who know where to look and how to rescue these swarms, "Free Bees" details the steps necessary to acquire these swarms of honeybees for a few minutes of you time and a little fuel to arrive at the swarm site. This manuscript details the how-to.
Marketing Your Honey for Maximum Profits: The Value of Varietals
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing
Got Honey? Don't just sell it, market it! Market your honey for the qualities that make it unique. Does it come from a special location or have your bees foraged on a particular crop? Varietal honeys (meaning, "varieties") will attract repeat customers as you educate them to the things that make your honey special...after all, it's YOUR honey!
The Deadliest Snake
Price: Free! Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
My grandmother always used to say, "That snake is more afraid of you than you are of it." Grandma was a poor judge of my fear, but I grew up believing her: there is no need to fear snakes. But as a society, the fear of snakes is one of our strongest phobias. And rightly so. Snakes can be deadly as evidenced by the fateful day a simple, little green grass snake slithered into the Miller's home.
Beekeeping 101: Why I Keep Honey Bees (and why you should, too!)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,690. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Green living
I keep honey bees for a variety of reasons. Primarily, I am fascinated by these incredible creatures. I love their work ethic! I stand in awe as I observe the intricate and delicately balanced social order. But most of all, I raise bees to produce honey which, in turn, makes me money. I am a small-scale, commercial beekeeper. I started as a hobbyist and this endeavor became profitable.
Beekeeping 101: Where Can I Keep My Bees?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,640. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Green living
(5.00 from 1 review)
Beekeeping is growing in popularity. But where does one safely locate their hives? Location plays a huge role for the health and welfare of the colony, but one must also deal with neighbors, livestock and the convenience to the beekeeper. Grant Gillard details the options every beekeeper should consider when deciding where to keep bees. A good resource for the beginner or hobbyist beekeeper.

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Smashwords book reviews by Grant Gillard

  • How To Eat An Elephant on May 13, 2011

    If the finest gift you can give another person is encouragement, Linda delivers a treasure. Concise and relevant quotes from noted authors and the Bible inspire the reader to be enouraged...and to be encouraging! We all face challenging elephants every day and How To Eat An Elephant is a wonderful motivation to tackle those challenges one bite at a time.
  • Dexter, the Last Navy Horse on June 03, 2011

    A heart-warming story of those who give their service to their country, even the four-legged ones.
  • Setting Goals That Work For You on June 03, 2011

    Short, succinct and pithy, this book helps to relate to your hopes and dreams...and when we write them down they become goals. This books helps to clarify your goals as sometimes we wish for things we think we want, when in fact there are times we need to really examine our motivations to find what really makes us happy.
  • The Dragons of the Dunes on June 05, 2011

    This short story is poetic and inspires hope. The photography is captivating, the author's insights intriguing.