I was wondering what currently most people that have other yards do in return for a bee yard . What is the current "rent" you give to the landowner to allow you to keep your bees on their property. And what are some ways you go about finding a new yard.
I have one yard I am starting up this year from a couple that is close by me on 5 acres. I am currently expanding and wintering 11 nucs. I am taking 6 over to their place and starting hives to build up there. So my deal I made them was a maximum number of hives 25 (they dont want more than that) if the area can support 25, once the hives produce excess honey then they get 1 quart for the first 5 hives, hives 6-10 1 gallon and if all 25 produce honey then 3 gallons (in the meantime while the hives are building up I will supply a quart when they need it if I have extra available) I also offered to do comb honey (1 super full for every 5 hives) and trap pollen on a few hives (this is an additional charge of $25 a month since I would have to come out daily to empty the trap). Also being respectful of the property, not using their property as storage, rutting the property up or bringing people out to their property other than my kids that like to help me.
Does this sound good to offer landowners for a beeyard? Too much not enough? What do you guys offer if you need a yard for expansion. Also how do you go about and find yards for expansion? Online craigslist, knocking on the door, farm bureau. I picked this one up because she posted on our state beekeep association site that she had a section of land available to help a beekeeper expand on.
I'm not looking for contracts simple handshake type of thing is what I am after btw. Thanks for your input and knowledge Justin