Too often learning beekeeping can feel like a giant pile of disconnected facts and conflicting procedures. But the original text of beekeeping is right there in your hive. A deeper understanding of the natural/seasonal cycles of the bees can be the best decision-making guide for the beekeeper. So much confusion about "if-or-when-to-do-what" can be eliminated. Everything is easier going the direction the bees already want to go, but you need to know what direction that is. Beginner (and up) beekeepers are invited to explore active beekeeping based in natural patterns–to support your bees to thrive whether you have two hives or twenty.
Leigh Knott ("Digs") of Five Apple Farm started with bees in 2010. She keeps around a dozen hives at 3000' in Yancey County with a focus on more disease-resistant, locally adapted bees. The Certified Naturally Grown apiary has produced honey and a few nucs to sell every summer for the last nine years, fully chemical-free, without buying replacement bees.