Re: How to begin TF from day zero?
location can be a big factor.
have a water source close enough to that the bees don't have to expend extra time and energy.
find a place with a relatively unobscured southeasterly exposure, and a good wind break to the northwest.
up on a slope is better than a deep 'frost pocket'.
morning sun with late afternoon shade works good in my clime.
the more 'natural' acreage the better, i.e. wooded areas, unmanaged fields, lot's of weeds and brush, ect.
swarm traps are a good way to get free bees.
journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives