It was a chance meeting at the local library in 2004 that led my boyfriend Karl and I down the path to beekeeping. On that fateful day, Karl, who had long been fascinated with bees, met a beekeeper’s wife who needed help using the library printer. When Karl learned that her husband was a beekeeper, he asked if he ever needed help. She laughed and told him that he could always use a hand—most people were afraid to work with bees. The next week, Karl was helping him, and by the end of the season, we were harvesting honey from our starter hive. Karl was hooked! The next year, we ramped up and got ten more colonies—we also learned that ...

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