I am just finishing my third season, and will go into winter with 13 colonies. Next season, I plan to continue expansion and my focus for learning will be on queen rearing. My goal for that is to work toward a stock of bees who do well in this region, but perhaps that is obvious.

My question is about how best to go from no knowledge or experience to selective breeding in the future.

What is the straightest route - without using instrumental insemination?

What is the book(s) to get me grounded and on a solid base of working understanding this winter?

What are some approaches you have used with some success?

How do I get from knowing nothing to being able to raise queens with a purpose? - more than just hit-and-miss.