I was on a business trip when my local contact mentioned his father-in-law was a beekeeper. We discussed the European Honeybee and the benefits of honeybees in general (pollination, honey production, wax, etc...) over lunch one afternoon. By the end of the lunch hour I had become increasingly interested in beekeeping. I spent the evening (and many more!) in my hotel room researching honeybees, beekeeping and anything related to bees. I was rapidly becoming addicted... and I wasn't even sure if I may be allergic to a bee sting!
I live downtown, in an area that is ideally suited for the honeybee. Many homeowners’ have nicely landscaped yards and have ornamental & decorative plants, bushes, trees and shrubs that are beneficial to the honeybee and the production of honey. This area is also native to many feral nectar & pollen producing plants. After careful consideration, lots of research and after speaking to several "beeks" (beekeepers), I decided to locate the hives in my back yard so that I can properly manage the colony and enjoy my new hobby.