I'm 31 happily married and father of two great little boys. I'm a plumbing contractor by trade and have a desire to become a beekeeper. I live on a 160 acre farm/ranch. We raise cattle and other farm animals (chickens, pigs etc.). I really been into gardening the last few years and that is what peaked my curosity about beekeeping. While working in the garden I noticed there were not any bees in my garden.
I started talking to some of the older gardeners in my area about bees, I found out that there are no beekeepers in my area. I found several guys theat tried to raise bees but they died to disease or just left the hive. I have no mentors or beekeeping associations/clubs in my area. The nearest in about 2-3 hours drive. I've been reading like crazy and feel somewhat comfortable about starting out. Let me add this I did find one guy that "raises" bees, but he is very careless and evens brags that he has a hive of african bees (I don't think I will be consulting him). I have ordered myself a package of bees from "spell Bee". They should be shipped around May 11. I havent got myself a hive yet, but I'm trying to decide if I want to buy a kit and build it myself or purchase one allready assembled.