We just found this forum and are overwhelmed by the volume of information to digest!
We're new beekeepers on an acre of land in Carroll County, Maryland. Just finished a 5-week short course, and our bees will be arriving in less than two weeks (we hope). I'm busily constructing the hives (well, my daughter has taken the task of putting the frames together), and we should have them up, painted, and ready to go in time for our nucs.
I'm looking forward to talking to everyone, but mainly I'm hoping for folks who can help answer my questions as I'm still struggling through remembering terminology and getting acquainted with the various tools. We're hoping to keep our bees with a minimum of medications, etc...not organic, exactly, but as natural as possible. It seems like there's a lot to learn, and I hope you'll all bee patient with me :-D