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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:03 pm    Post subject: READ THIS FIRST Reply with quote

This is a section for beekeeping beginners, where you can ask basic questions and find answers to frequently-asked newbie questions.

We all had to start somewhere, and while it may be best for some people to join their local Bee Keepers Association, we recognize that this is not always possible. We will do our best to help you through the early stages and hope to help you get in touch with other 'natural beekeepers' in your area.

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