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Cultivating Change: Farmer to Farmer Blog
Promoting economic growth, agricultural development and volunteer service in the Americas.
|Example of a top-bar hive.|
Today marks the beginning of Tom Hebert’s month-long volunteer assignment in St. Mary, Jamaica, a parish located in the northeast section of the country. Mr. Hebert, Owner and Manager of his own beekeeping enterprise in Intibucá, Honduras and Moderator for a top-bar hive forum on Beesource.com., will be providing instruction to both novice and more experienced beekeepers on the ins and outs of top-bar beekeeping.
“In America, any beekeeper can purchase as many sheets of foundation as they need to increase the number of hives they have in their apiary. In Jamaica, it is not so easy. In order to get foundation, beekeepers must bring in wax to exchange for an equal weight of foundation. In order to grow, farmers raid wild hives and use the wax they remove to exchange for extra foundation. It’s not an easy or sustainable situation.”
|Tom Hebert and his homemade smoker.|
Top-bar hive construction removes the need for foundation, as frames are not used. As Agape explained, there are just the top bars of frames from which the bees build their own comb or, at most, just a small waxed guide as a starting point for the bees in the center of the bar.