Trainer Sam Comfort

This is a long-overdue blog post.  Trainer Sam Comfort, a top bar beekeeper from America, came to Jamaica in September 2013.  We had a month of learning from this really interesting man – Sam has such a unique perspective, it is refreshing and inspirational.  If anyone can inspire people to color outside the lines of…

Women Bee Farmers Association Mead Making

In September 2014, we started the Jamaica Women Bee Farmers Association.  This organization supports women beekeepers who are interested in making their operations more economically and environmentally sustainable.  So far, we have had monthly trainings that covered Top Bar Hive Management, Colony Health Assessment, Value Added Products and Making Honey Wine.  The trainings are led…

Trainer Tom’s New Blog

Veteran trainer Tom Hebert, who has volunteered his time with us every July for the past three years, has finally started his own blog: Musings on Beekeeping.  We’re lucky enough to be featured in Tom’s postings regularly, which is fun (especially for our kids).  Please remember to like his blog so that you don’t miss…

2013 Intern Emily Erickson in Uganda

2013 intern Emily Erickson from UC Davis went to Uganda for over a month in 2014 to teach about top bar hives.  Check out the slideshow for images of two beautifully painted hives.  Emily is a powerhouse of bee energy and talent!

Intern Taylor McMahon Teaches Top Bar Hives!

Summer 2013 intern Taylor McMahon returned this past summer to help us work on starting an accredited bee school.  She also researched ways for Jamaica bee farmers can go to America and Canada and work for large commercial beekeepers. And here she is at a Sustainability Workshop in America, teaching attendees about top bar hives….

Intern Kaat Byrd Publishes Article

2013/2014 intern Kaat Byrd published an article in the Kelley Beekeeping newsletter.  You can read the article on page 15. Bee Thinking About It Takes a Community to Raise Bees…& Beekeepers by Kaat Byrd The future generations of beekeepers are in our midst. Those inspired today and tomorrow will help to carry the torch in…

James!

Hello, James.  You left a while ago – months and months ago, actually.  Just because I am a lazy blogger doesn’t mean that you weren’t a memorable intern.  You kept me laughing, even when getting stung by bees or bitten by ants.  Diligent, motivated and hard-working, you took care of business and, I hope, left with…

Haley’s Blog Posting on Smith College’s Website

Haley’s Blog Posting on Smith College’s Website Our past intern Haley’s blog posting on Smith College’s website made us miss her all the more.  Good luck with all of the amazing things you are bound to do as time goes on, Haley!