I live half way between San Francisco and San Jose. I am just getting started as a beekeeper, and have ordered my first package of bees - Italians. We had a hive from an experience beekeeper who maintained it for the first year, and last year it was left on its own, and the bees swarmed away. I have had the hive checked out by an experienced beekeeper, and he says it is in good shape to use for the package of bees that I have ordered.
I found this forum through my local bee guild, and it is a welcome find. Looking forward to learning form the experienced members on this forum. Thanks in advance for any and all help.