I just got into beekeeping this Spring after reading "Beekeeping for Dummies". I was a little late to the game, but a local apiary could still get me a bee package, so I rushed out and got a hive and got all my preparations done in time for the bee arrival. The bees are doing well so far and I have enjoyed learning all about them.
I'm interested in finding a mentor (online here or in a local club) who is familiar with this region and can advise on natural beekeeping techniques. I just read "Save the Bees with Natural Backyard Hives" that had some interesting theories on colony health and would like to put some of their recommendations into practice, but I'm not sure some of them are appropriate for our region. I'm not primarily interested in maximizing honey production, but rather want to have more pollinators around for my garden and fruit trees and an ample supply of local honey for personal allergy relief, plus some for friends and neighbors.
I'm in Middlesex county but border with Worcester county and have visited the web pages for both clubs. Does anyone have any advice on which one is more closely aligned with my needs? I see the Middlesex club has an online member forum which I view as a plus as my schedule probably won't allow regular meeting attendance.
Thanks for any suggestions!