Welcome, Glock! It sounds like you are in for a wonderful adventure, and a long-awaited one, too! We try to "homestead" as much as possible here, and it's been delightful to add bees to the mix. We've enjoyed a bit of their honey, made balm and soap with their wax and are tickled when they pollinate our crops.
So, best wishes. I would strongly suggest reading Michael Bush's website and everything you can get your hands on in this forum. The nice part about going natural is that it appears to be much simpler than not doing so.