Have you considered adding Bee Keeping to your list of homesteading skills? Enola Gay over at the Paratus Familia Blog, wrote an article on how they unpacked the bees and started a hive:
The bees are busy about their tasks, contently flying and pollinating and gathering nectar. When they return to the hive, their pollen sacks are so full they are barely able to make their landing. The hives buzz with a contented hum of activity – the girls are gathering and preparing in this time of plenty so that they will be well cared for during the dark days of winter. Oh, to learn from the humble bee!
Click HERE to see the full tutorial posting, including some amazing photographs!