I've been on this forum for a little over a year so far and I just wanted to say HI to all the new beekeepers. When I joined my local beekeepers association I thought I was the youngest guy/gal there (me being almost 40 and no offense to those members that hang-out here ). That has changed very quickly. We have a whole lot of new members.
This year was a whirlwind of local Bee "Schools" and I attended Indiana's IBA, and Ohio's Tri-County school up in Wooster and the Southwestern School just outside of Cincinnati and every event was PACKED! Lots of new beekeepers, young and old.
The one thing I realized starting beekeeping is that we need new folks joining the ranks. There is a lot of knowledge out there and unlike many professions and hobbies, beekeeping is enigma for most. What was something mainstream in almost every rural (and some urban) backyards a century ago is now an oddity.
So, to all those new folks joining the list AND beekeeping I just want to say: "Thank You!"
I'd be curious if others have seen something similar.