A jury of your peers? Maybe or maybe not;it depends on the issue. The action of the town is not, however, in any case an absolute statement. The town must interpret and enforce its laws in a way that is reasonable. The government's executive branch (i.e. the zoning official) cannot act in an arbitrary or capricious manner when enforcing the law. Doing so gives you a right of review with the courts. While we have the right to challenge our government, not all of us have the will or the means to do so. In situations such as this I would encourage you to question the answers as you are doing. To me, beekeeping can be farming, but it is not necessarily so. After all growing apples may be farming, or you might have an apple tree in your back yard. Why should bees be any different?