Looking forward to jumping into a few interesting conversations. I have 10 colonies, mostly top bar hives, although I run a teaching apiary so we also have Langstroth hives and a Warre hive for demo, along with my hybrid top bar hive. This is my second year of beekeeping. Love my bees. NE SARE awarded me a grant for research project on the hybrid hive I've invented, so those are now on test sites. So far, the bees like the hives & are doing okay despite about 10 days straight of rain. Prefer natural beekeeping IPM methods. So far, no hive beetles this year & plenty of honey. Keeping my fingers crossed there will be some honey to harvest from my second year colonies in the fall. Very excited about EAS in West Chester next month.