The bees have been ordered! We purchased our bees from a local beekeeper in Stanley, New York, and we will pick up 4 nuclei colonies of bees in May from her apiary.  The bees are Carniolan-mix bees, which means they are cold weather resistant and will (hopefully) survive next winter!  The above picture is of the same variety of bee, which are well-known for their resistance to mites, cold-weather adaptability, and their gentle nature (yay!)