Hello and where is Rhode Island?
RI is in New England USA.
I've found a local apiary. In fact I've found that I used to live a few houses away in Smithfield, RI. I'll bee stopping there tomorrow to see if I can pick their brains.
Two RI beeks that I can recommend personally are Ed Lafferty and Everett Zurlinden:
Everett is associated with the apiary I'm speaking of, so I may meet him.