The Mississippi Beekeepers Association (MBA) has a grant program for people in MS who are interested in starting hives. No one in your immediate family can currently keep bees, you must take a beekeeping course within 12 months of starting up, and you have to show proof of purchase of certain hive components and/or equipment. The information is available in PDF format, and is a cost-share for either 2 or 4 hives. Although the form says 2009 is the deadline, we were assured there is still money available. So, local readers, give it some thought. We're happy to talk about our experiences and help you get started. There's a steep learning curve, but it's fascinating, and getting some help financially is a great incentive!
We sent in our paperwork yesterday, after going through our receipts and tallying up how much we've spent (gulp!). It's hard to believe we have enough hive components at this point for at least ten more hives. We're going to be busy next spring!
The picture shows Bee Hill last weekend with all six hives. We've come a long way in a short time!