Re: New guy in Nor Cal
Oh my, it sounds like you've gotten bee fever without having any bees yet! Welcome to Yuba County, there's lots of commercial beeks here so you should have no problem finding your stock to start out with. Which Beeclub have you visited, Sacramento, or Nevada county in Grass Valley? March 1 might be a bit early, hives are not usually done in almonds until around mid month I think. April 1 might be more likely unless you are getting last year's queens. In that case, first to mid march might be feasible.
I've been keeping a few hives for the past 20-25 years, and no longer treatment free as I got tired of the losses.