I’ve always been fascinated with bees and have been wanting to start a hive for about 7 years now. When I was laid off back in the dot com bust days, I figured that would be great time to get started, but making the leap from wanting bees to actually getting bees was a little overwhelming. Back in 2003, I tried finding local resources to kick start the process, but either did not have luck or they were hopelessly outdated.
Flash forward to 2009 and the landscape has changed considerably. The media frenzy around Colony Collapse Disorder along with the local and organic food movements has made it much easier to get started in beekeeping.