> The number of individuals starting beekeeping is getting smaller by the day
I said that in post #2 of this thread but......the last two local bee meetings here were filled full with new wanna bee beginner beekeepers. Here the fad still has legs......and still super wealthy housewives getting chickens. I guess the agrarian fads last longer here in a totally non agrarian civilization. If the grocery store trucks stopped rolling for 2 days food rioting would break out. I think I am the only person in a neighborhood of 800 homes producing and selling food.....i.e. honey.
All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.