I just joined. I tried the organic list but Dee ran me off.
Anyway, I started keeping bees when I was around 13 in the early 60's, and kept them off and on until 1999 when the mites killed everything. I gave up as I did not want to put poisons in the hive. Now in my area there is an apiary that sells local survivor stock untreated bees, and I starting a hive with a nuc as soon as they can deliver it. They are 2 weeks behind due to the late spring here. I am going natural with foundationless, and no chemicals, but will have a Freemen beetle trap bottom board with oil and water.
I favor the darker bees, what I used to keep were the Caucasians. That seems to be to a large extent what the survivor and ferals in this area are.
I was told this is the place to be, so I joined.