Nothing in the first twenty pages of this section had anything on bee-keeping, so I thought I'd post a few thoughts here. First, a lot of hives have died apparently as a result of "new & improved" pesticides. Bees are in deep trouble. Deep as in 98% of the normal bee population in the US has already died, and there are no longer enough bees available to properly pollinate our commercial crops. That's a recipe for famine. It was Einstein that said that if bees went extinct, humans would follow them in less than four years. Even if Einstein was only 99% right, for 99% of the human population he would have been 100% right. Think about that. Yes, bees produce honey, and honey is nice to have. But the bottom-line reason that everyone who has the space or a place should have a bee hive or two is to restore the bee population. The value of honey is trivial in comparison to that. But profit can be motivating, so, for this thread, I have a nice "best of all worlds" video: an easy way to have bees and honey and money, too, without a whole lot of effort. But let's look first at some long-term numbers. One "average" beehive can produce about 100 lbs of honey a year, in addition to what the bees need to support themselves. (That's reasonably conservative. YMMWV, of course, plus or minus, MOL.) One quart of honey weighs about three pounds. So one backyard hive can provide about 33 quarts of honey a year. At $35.00 a quart, that's $1,155.00 a year, gross. Three hives would definitely be preferable, so let's call that $3,465.00 a year. ( I know Wal-Mart sells organic honey for $15.23 a quart, but hang in there with me 'til we get to the video.) If a person was paying 7% interest on ten acres bought with a $40,000.00 mortgage (running for 30 years) the payment would be $266.00 per month. Three hives could produce (approximately) $288.00 a month. So just running three hives for thirty years could earn you ten acres of otherwise essentially free land. So let's get to the part about selling honey at $35.00 a quart, without a whole lot of slave labor. See the videos at How To Easily Make A Beehive In A Jar DIY Project This is a good starting point if money is a fundamental necessity for getting started in bee-keeping. Otherwise, you can just set up a hive or two so you'll have bees to pollinate your garden, and those of your neighbors. Study up on the subject: YouTube and Google are your friends. The bees you save tomorrow may do the same for you and those you love.