I am from Placerville, California and I welcome you to the world of beekeeping. The first thing I think you should do would be to read some books on beekeeping, and yes try to hook up with a mentor. Someone who can show you a little about handling hives, etc. Find your local association and go to the meetings and find out about taking a beekeeping class. If you do all this, you will be ready for the next step and that is obtaining your equipment and bees.
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