I took a beekeeping class in Spokane, WA last year and am starting out with four hives this year. Two years ago I acquired twenty acres in the Okanogan Valley, ten in hay, nine in apples, which are leased out to an orchardist with a nearby orchard. I'm not happy about the sprays, and the hay equipment is expensive, so I hire out the cutting, leaving me with doing irrigation, which isn't much fun. So I hope to turn the place into a bee sanctuary and raise flowers and vegetables. The challenge is going to be dealing with the pesticides of nearby orchards. I hope to provide enough forage on site that they won't need to wander off. I've read quite a bit off this forum already, and hope to learn more. I did try posting an immediate concern, but the post did not show up, so I tried again a day later, and a quick screen informed me a moderator had to review it first. Maybe I should have done the introduction first! Personal name is James, handle is ComfortablyNumb, often abbreviated 'CN'.