I am from the piedmont of NC. My family farms about 1000 acres here, mostly grain. We added produce around 4 years ago. Our strawberries require having bees to work them. I had been renting the bees until one of my customers introduced himself as a beekeeper. In the past year he has set me up with 2 hives, and has been guiding and teaching me along the way. He told me to also come here, to listen and read anything I can. His words of advice is "the bees didn't read the books!" I'm 40 years old, with a 6 year old son, and a lot on my plate. Looking forward to keeping my bees happy!