(sigh) hmmm .... where to start
I'd say check into your local ordinances. You might get lucky and find you can keep bees - with maybe a few rules or something. There may not be ANY ordinances on bees, and it might just be a matter of warming up some neighbors to the idea. Neighbors are usually a bigger problem than the city rules.
Get more info on bees. The more you know, the more you'll get hooked. The more hooked you are, the more you're willing to "fight" to have bees. Beekeeping for Dummies is a great book - and if you didn't know already, I'd like to brag a little about our "Beemaster" John - he took many of the fantastic photos in that book - probably ALL the best ones. :)
And yes, finding other beekeepers in your area is a great idea. In whatever way you have bees, when you're learning, there's nothing better than having someone at hand to actually LOOK in your hive to see what's going on. This forum is always here to help - with a fair to good description, and pictures really help. If you don't already have a digital camera, get one. You will fall deeply in love with your bees, and will soon be showing your friends photo albums of the bees instead of the kids or last vacation. Actually, even your vacations will change - you'll be searching out bees, and come home with pictures mostly of bees and/or flowers.
Having a hive on a farm is a pretty easy arrangement, and benefits you, the bees, and the farmer. You'd probably get a larger honey harvest having the bees on the right farm compared to city life. Bees know where to find honey where ever they are though - traveling 3 miles (sometimes more) to harvest what they need.
Once the plan is set, and you know for sure you're getting bees, then start saving the pennies (and dollars). Beekeeping is not really a cheap hobby. I know I spent over $300 in the first 6 months or so to get started. I'm pretty well set, for now. But if I do split my hive next year like I have plans to, I'll have to spend $150-$300 to buy the frames for the expanding hives. And I'm only in my second year. LOL :) Oh, but you can make money off your bees - I've made $20 or so selling some honey. (I give most of it away, and then silly me, I have to buy store honey the rest of the year.)
Over all - I am not a rich person, fairly poor moneywise - but I love doing bees, so I find ways to pull the money together. I wish I had been doing bees all my life - it's the most enjoyable hobby I've ever started.
So go for it - find what way works for you, and just do it. :)