First time poster here. I imagine my wife will be joining soon. She is the one in the family that will be the beekeeper. I will be watching her through binoculars to make sure everything is going ok. I've got an atv I can rescue her with if the bees get a bad attitude. I do, however, want to learn as much as I can so that maybe eventually I can ease into it and help with the chores associated with beekeeping. She has completed her long list of all the equipment and supplies she thinks she needs for two hives. We have taken a beginning and advanced course to introduce us to beekeeping so basically, we are greenhorns. We have a lot of prairie flowers and will be planting 9 fruit trees in our large country garden and it is our intention to keep the bees on our property rather than to fly off and gather pollen and nectar from large monoculture crops.