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A Welcoming Way Into Beekeeping

For the past several years, I’ve wanted to get into beekeeping. Adding beehives to our property seemed like a natural fit, because we already have a large garden, some chickens, and lots of native flowering plants. However, beekeeping seemed a little daunting. What would I need to get started? Where would I get bees? How would I manage a hive?

The answer came in the form of a regional Adopt-a-Hive program () that serves wannabe beekeepers who live in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The program was

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