I got my first hive in July of last year. I knew nothing about proper beekeeping. Nothing.
As luck would have it, I crossed paths with George and Paige Nester, the owners of Creek House Apiary. A match made in heaven!
After several discussions, they agreed to give me guidance on the proper steps to take when tending my bees. They have saved me years of trial and error...and grief...and expense.
About Creek House Apiary. They have around 25 or so hives on their property, which is meaningful if you attend any of their classes. You see, not only do the Nesters put on a first class seminar, but they give you hands on work in their hives.
I have attended the beginners Beekeeping class. Very informative, but I thought I knew most of it.
Then came the intermediate class. I learned about swarm prevention, when to replace the queen, when to feed, and a good old dose of " what not to do." Then, as customary, we suited up and dove into a few of their hives. We saw, hands on, what to look for in predators, such as mites and moths. Believe me, they have visual proof of the ravages of those fellas.
George and Paige are a walking instruction manual on beekeeping. In fact, I call them "Master Beekeepers", without the title.
If you ever plan to become a beekeeper, look no further. Creek House, and George and Paige specifically are the best.