Re: Question about finding a mentor.
Not many folks do it anymore, but offer to work for free doing "anything" they need you to do. I did this with someone and was able to learn tons of stuff already (but there is tons still to learn). Sometimes I would be transporting hives and extracting supers on a mass scale, other times I would be sweeping the shop up for hours just to show my worth. All I asked in return was the learning side. The beekeeper and I are now good friends, he actually helps me (for beer)
New 2013, 13 Hives, Zone 6b, 1350'