I guess I consider myself a native Utahn. I graduated with degrees from the University of Utah and in 2006, I returned here to live after a 5 year stint in Japan. I guess I can call it home even though I have lived in many different states, some of which for long periods of time. I have seen a lot of change here in Utah as well. The mountains, the sunshine, and the proximity to outdoor recreation has drawn much more diversity in its population that was purported a couple of decades ago. While the folks here are too conservative for my tastes, they tend to be friendly and Mormons make good neighbors. I live in Utah County which seems stifling at times with the monoculture mindset and the growth for growth sake mentality which has lead to cookie cutter houses for as far as the eye can see. Manifest Destiny is still considered a legitimate way of life in these parts and the minorities like myself (not Mormon) are quite marginalized. If you can handle being marginalized (apathy works well), then this is a great place to live.To top it off, we have rather loose beekeeping laws which have allowed me to build Warre hives! Over the last months, I have become very interested in bees, beekeeping, and the colony collapse disorder. After hearing about CCD (colony collapse disorder) and reading about the issues bees face in the world today, I have become passionate in learning all I can about beekeeping. After reading everything I could get my hands on regarding the subject, I realized there was almost NO information regarding alternative practices in beekeeping in Utah. This blog is my attempt to pass along any knowledge I have gained and to document my progress as a hopeful beekeeper with no experience whatsoever!