New to the field - won't even have my bees until April 30. But I've assembled the hives, gotten most of the super-necessary gear, and taken a bee class. Even went on demos and shook bees and handled active frames. I think I'm hooked. The 20,000 bees from the 2 nucs will join 3 cats and 4 happy hens in my farm-in-the-burbs. Would like to see others' local operations, watch them handle bees, etc., to get the real lowdown on how to do these things. Also would like to know more about local threats, difficulties, diseases, responses to weather, and all that jazz.