I just ordered a three pound package of bees with a local Queen from Bee Kind in Sebastopol. The bees are from a locally adapted survivor stock that have been untreated for several years living in California Coastal climate. We will be picking up the buzzing box on April 16th and then we will watch as our own bees pollinate our garden, fruit trees, and wild flowers that beautify our property naturally. Bee Kind offers an Introduction to Beekeeping class, which I will be taking. The price is just right, free, and they will also teach me how to transfer the box of bees into their new home and eventually harvest the honey. The complete bee box was given to us at no charge by a family friend (Thanks Joe!).