I am a once-upon-a-time beekeeper's helper now starting own apiary. Planning to start small (first 12-15 hives this spring!) and rapidly grow up into a part-time business. I have loads of questions! The folks at Yahoo!:Northlandbeekepers have been very helpful so far, as has my experience in Washington State, twelve years stale though it is. I thought I might reach out to an international crowd for many of my questions, though.
See you on the appropriate boards for those!
In Alaska 12-15 hives would make you a major beekeeper.
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