I am a first year beekeeper. Actually, I have been told that I can’t claim the beekeeper title until I have hives that survive for a whole year. I’m doing the beekeeping thing a little different than most folks; my hives are in my barn loft. It seemed like a good idea for a bunch of reasons, and a beekeeper I highly respect wrote an article about my set up. Stay tuned for Spring, when we’ll see if I’m really a beekeeper.