Who pays whom what?

February 15, 2009

I got this question from a reader the other day:

I have someone that is interested in putting bee hives on my property, what would be the norm for compensation for such an arrangement? Are there any concerns I should be made aware of? I would really appreciate any info you could give me.

My answer was:

I’m actually not sure. I’m a hobbyist beekeeper with just a couple hives in my yard. I know that some farmers pay beekeepers to park their hives near their crops for pollination purposes, and I know smaller beekepers will prevail on friendly neighbors to let them park their hives on their property, sometimes in token exchange for some honey, but I’m not sure what the standard arrangement is. Just know that beekeeping isn’t big money, and if it costs you nothing, best not to try to make it cost someone else a lot.

What’s the real answer?

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