Cool - thanks! I'm thinking about bees in the future.
Remember what I said (just a few minutes ago....... ) about not having to take a class in order to learn about keeping worms? That doesn't apply to bees. It's ALWAYS a good idea to take a real "Beekeeping" class.
I'm going to start attending the closest beekeeping associations monthly meetings (tomorrow night in fact) - those are free I think, but even if I need to become a member, the dues are something like $15-$25 a year. I'll worry about the actual class later on.
Local honey is good for people who suffer from allergies or sinuses. I was told to stay with local honey within a 50 mile range. Something to do with the bees and local plants that cause the allergies. I suffer less from allergies since eating local honey daily, a teaspoon. I am fascinated by the bees, but no hive here!! Good luck with the bees!!