Hi, we live in northwest Montana. We started top bar beekeeping in 2010 with one hive. That summer our hive swarmed a few times and we were able to catch two swarms to fill two more top bar hives. We live in cherry orchard country but the honeybee population has dwindled here due to so much use of insecticides. We decided to keep bees to help the area, the world environment in general, and for our own honey. It has been a learning experience for sure. I hope to learn from the rest of you. Thank you.