Please read this WELL-WRITTEN, SIMPLY-EXPLAINED article on "MAKING YOUR OWN QUEENS". <link> This winter's challenge and "project" for you is to BUILD SOME NUCS for this purpose come spring. A nice 5-frame hive (nuc) is PERFECT for this application. If you're not much of a carpenter - you can buy a FOLD-N-GO NUC box from dadant <link>. (I suggest getting several right away - they're CHEAP! and useful to have around).
IF I HAVE BUT ONE survivor come spring......this is what I'm going to do! The only caveat is...the STRONG HIVE part :)