I want to keep bees for the following reasons. 1. Something new to learn, both for me and the kids. 2. Honey--we aren't big honey consumers around here but we might use more if we had a ready supply of it. I don't intend to sell any or if we do have surplus just a bit to co-workers, friends etc. Not looking into doing anything commercial. 3. Wax-I would like to PLAY around with candlemaking, lip balm, and other hive products. 4. Polinators--I'd like to have them around to service my garden and fruit trees. I've got plans to put in a small orchard, so the bees would be very welcome there. So, why do YOU keep bees? For fun? For Profit? If so, how big is your operation? How many hives to do keep. If for profit do you actually make one?