My husband and I have been talking about bees for a couple of years now, and this year we're taking the plunge! He is taking a class at the community college and we're registered for a workshop in March. We joined the local association and we continue to read voraciously to prepare, but as I found out when we started raising chickens 5 years ago, a forum like this is a PRICELESS source of useful, practical information. I expect I'll do a lot more "lurking" than posting, but I know I will learn a lot. Thanks in advance to those seasoned beekeepers who take the time to contribute!