I live in beautiful upstate NY. I'm located just southeast of Syracuse. My wife and I have 4 wonderful boys ages 12, 10, and twins 8. I got bit by the bee thing last summer. My oldest son and I were building a birdhouse on our back deck when the sky was darkened by a cloud of insects. We investigated and soon realized we had a swarm of honey bees on our property. The swarm settled on a small blue spruce. We were very excited!! We called a beekeeper who came by and captured the swarm. We were hooked. I found the whole process absolutely fascinating and over the next year read books, talked to beekeeps, and watched many you-tube videos on beekeeping (including the beemaster himself). This spring we started two hives. The whole family is into it. I have always been into insects and animals and I just dig this bee thing. We live on 8 acres of fields surrounded by thousands of acres of farmland. We have a chocolate lab (fudge), siamese cat (luna), small turtle (blade), and a small backyard flock of chickens
. So why not a small apiary. I came across this website and have to tell you I have been perusing the forums for about a month. This is a great website for newbees! I look forward to picking your collective minds and already have some questions. I'm gonna post them in the forums as I know this is getting longwinded. I apologize, but really am excited to be a part of beekeeping.