Alan Prichard here, posting from the headwaters of the Santa Ynez river. I live and work off-grid and will be putting out my first hives when the timing is right. A few years back I met the head of the local beekeeping association, who said that the way to go was to use a swarm trap to capture a local colony. I have at least two separate colonies in or near my compound. They seem pretty docile as they don’t seem to mind me standing in front of their hives, which are in oak trees. I will take a class or two when available and join the association to get as knowledgeable as I can before diving in. Meanwhile I will hang out here and learn what I can.