We're empty nesters in our first year, starting with 2 packages of Carniolans in April. Bruce is a manufacturing Instructor at a local community college (Tool & Die, CNC, CAM) in his 28th year of teaching, and Minnie is a CNA, working with the elderly for 20+ years. We are avid gardeners (Bruce - Veggies and Trees, Minnie - Formal flower gardens), and have been researching and thinking of keeping bees for years. This year we decided to take the plunge! Hopefully, we can develop some skills and have some fun selling honey at local farmer's markets for some supplemental income in our rapidly approaching retirement. More fun than selling, I'm sure!
We look forward to learning from members' experiences, and have already had our fair share of "head-scratchers" during our first summer (not the least of which was requeening a hive that went WL and a cool, dry Wisconsin summer). Challenges like preparing for winter in the "frozen tundra", and trying to stay as chemically independent, as possible, are looming on the horizon.
So, on to learning and sharing.
By the way, for those challenged in the Potawotamie and Sauk Fox names around here, it's O-cah-no-mo-walk (where waters meet). ;)