I have been a vegetable gardener for a number of years, and decided to start keeping bees as a way to increase my garden's yield (especially the melons). I purchased my hive kit from Dadant, contacted the State Dept. of Ag for permit, assembled and painted my hive.
When I contacted the Village of Palatine, Illinois, where I live, I found that the ordinances regarding beekeeping are so restrictive, that I could not keep a hive in my yard.
I still want to start bee keeping, but I am in need of a place to put the hive. I have been looking on the net for lists of farms or anywhere that might be looking for free pollination while I get up to speed with my hobby. Does anyone have any great ideas on how to find a local place to put my hive?
I can not help you personaly but my mom and new husband live in your area. Both are outdoor writers and maybe can help you out. I wrote them and told them that you will contact them.....Hope they can help you out.
their email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell my mom that her som Jim sent you.
Good luck with your bees !!!!!