I live in Millersville, MD and am about to start my journey in the world of beekeeping. In 2006 while on a family vacation we stopped at Draper's Super Bee Apiary in PA for a tour and some honey. I walked out with a book produced by Penn State entitled "Beginning Beekeeping" and spent the remainder of the vacation engrossed studying the contents.
Last year I joined the local bee club, Anne Arundel Beekeepers Association, but was unable to take their short course in beekeeping. I really wanted to get some hands on before jumping in like I do most things. I am currently in the 2008 short course and am gearing up to have a single hive - would like 2, but the CFO put her foot down.
The plan is to have 2 deep hive bodies and a honey super on the side if needed - my goal for this year is to keep the hive strong and healthy so they can survive the winter. Next year I'll add a second hive and hopfully be able to draw some honey off the first hive. Beekeeping is something I've always seen myself doing since I was a kid, and now it is becoming a reality.
-Steve in Maryland