Well I picked up my first colony a few weeks ago. I am keeping bees in my backyard, in an urban setting north of Toronto. As we try to live a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle through gardening and supporting local food sources, beekeeping just seemed to be a good fit. The more I read, the more I am fascinated with its challenges. Since our goal is really to produce our own natural, less processed sweetener for ourselves and family, I plan to go treatment free. We already use a lot of local honey in our baking and preserving. I had originally planned to build a TBH, but ended up going with Langstroth equipment. After lifting a couple of deep boxes, I also plan to go to all mediums. I plan to grow to add a second hive and couple of nuc's next spring.