I have been very bad about writing my blog. What once was a vibrant and bimonthly flourish of pictures and stories just isn’t the same. After 20 months I feel further then I have ever felt from my home in America. I am sure that everyone has gotten on with their life, most of the letters that I exchanged at the beginning of my service has slowed to a trickle and the shock of knowing someone who is a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa I am sure has waned.
Beekeeping as a Market
|Hives given by other NGOs are often not used or in this case used as a cattle feed trough|
|Inspecting hives we often find that bee hives make good homes for African Pygmy squirrels|
|Balla giving wax and wires to a fellow volunteer Keith. The wax will be used to bait hives to attract bees and the wires are to hang the hives to keep out lizards, ants, termites, and squirrels.|
|The hive made with sticks and termite mound. This is primarily the innovation of a fellow volunteer Scott, I helped beekeep this hive which has great potential as an alternative topbar hive in rural beekeeping|
|Samples of dark and light honey|
|Part of my idea has been to sell honey of different color grades with corresponding flowers of different darkness. Different types of plants produce honey of different colors. The flower colors don't matter I just am going for the aesthetics.|
I will leave you with a few random pictures. Until next time...
|Here is one of our beekeepers sighing a grass hive in a tree|
|I took this photo during a nighttime beekeeping session. This is what a grass hive looks like on the inside, much more messy then that kenyan top bar hives I am used to.|