Hi all! I'm Angie and I'm in the research phase right now. I had a wonderful experience with a nest of honeybees in a tree and it sparked my interest, so I've been looking into this hobby.
I'm an avid wildlife gardener that doesn't use fertilizer, pesticides or anything of the sort on my property and so I'm very interested in the more natural style of beekeeping. I've been fascinated while reading The Complete Idiots Guide to Beekeeping and the blogs of the Backwards Beekeepers!!! I suspect (that like native plants) since this is the newer side to this amazing hobby that finding a local source for a regressed, untreated, local bee nuc is going to be a challenge. I also suspect that finding the style of hives that I'm most interested will be as well. I've been trying to convince my woodworking husband that he could build them but so far he's not buying it lol..
Have a great day!