I live in central Alberta, Canada, to the East of Edmonton and I'm thinking of taking up beekeeping for a hobby. I don't know of anyone who keeps bees in my area although there's plenty of beekeepers in Alberta.
I live on a 3 acre lot surrounded mostly by bush. There is some agriculture close by, but this is characterized by grazing for horses and cattle. If anything these smallholding pastures are over-grazed and don't seem to support much in the way of flowers. The bush around me contains wild roses and some wild clover.
My question is this, how do I know if this type of environment contains sufficient flora to support one or more bee colonies? Can anyone offer some practical advice or do I simply have to find a local beekeeper?