i have been mulling this over for a couple years, and oddly enough the reason i started thinking about it was seeing the start up for the flow bee hive system. while i have about 1000 questions the big one is simple, should i even try.
we have 30 acres of land, split on each side of the road, the problem is we are almost surrounded by grape farms. simply put i could ask the farmer to not use pesticides but i know it will be a fools errand. i know him and he isnt going to change his ways. the area furthest from the grapes situation is fully wooded and probably going to get enough sun to keep the bees warm, especially in harsh lake erie winters. the prime area would be rather close to the grapes, and therefore a fantastic source of pesticides, herbicides and other poisons. it would be in a wooded opening around 50 yards from the grapes.
in my point of view i have to have answers to these questions before i waste time, money and a healthy colony on trying, so please, i welcome your input.