Another big influence for us as we stopped using chemicals was Kirk Webster. We discovered him in the American Bee Journal. I back ordered the entire 1997 year of American Bee Journal editions for his Northern Beekeeping/Northern Bees series of articles. Because of Kirk we started creating winter nucs. We even drove up to Maine to pick up Kirk Webster nucs to add to our operation. Here is a nice article about Kirk on the Orion Magazine Web Site by Bill McKibben and here is Kirk Webster’s blog which I just discovered.