Hi all, I have no bees, yet... I am on a knowledge binge at the moment. Reading when i can, listening to pod casts to and from work. Going after info like a bee after pollen Spring is almost here, seasoned keepers are already working on getting things ready while I sit here reading.... Langstroth, Top bar, Cedar, Pine, Polystyrene, To medicate or not to medicate, 4.9 or 5.4 mm, package or nuc, buy or go after local swarms. So many questions..... with each chapter I read, certain questions get answered and others are posed. I have a direction I am headed.... organically managed I'm sure. I'm doing this for the bees first and foremost, pollination second, personal use honey third, honey for friends and family last. I'm near Camden, NY..... love gardening, hiking, camping, beer and wine making, the outdoors, and a good time and consider this new undertaking an extention of all of these things. Looking forward to new friends, experiences, and hives full of bees......... Thats me.