Summer Intern Miles!

Miles, you fantastic man!  You are really an amazing person to live and work with.  Always ready to pitch in when the work gets tough.  You are the one who jumps up when everyone else holds back, hoping that someone else will volunteer to do the nasty job of washing a sink full of dishes….

Thank You to 2018 Summer Interns!

Thank you to our 2018 summer interns: Alana, Erin, Sarah, Kyra, Chloe, Danny, Miles and Conner! We managed to do hundreds of bee hours, doing inspections, building equipment and cleaning the apiary.  We also made lotion, soap and tincture.  We worked with pollen, harvested honey, rendered combs, cleaned beeswax and collected propolis. We did 105…

Robins Bay Bee Club’s First Hive Donation

Former Peace Corps Volunteer Ann Bruce, Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Tom Hebert and Yerba Buena Farm collaborated to start this natural beekeeping club in 2012.  The training apiary was made possible through a grant from the USAID/Peace Corps Small Project Assistance program.  This is the only sustainable top bar beekeeping cub in Jamaica.  It has been wonderful…

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…

Beautiful Hives

One thing we like to do is to always try to improve the hives that we use in our apiaries.  If something is difficult or irritating about inspecting, moving, or using a hive, we make a note of it and change the design of future hives.  The booklet that we give to people, How to…

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!

2013 Intern Emily Erickson’s Top Bar Hive

Emily is amazing. After building hives here in Jamaica, she went home and built her own top bar hive. After installing a package of bees before the summer, she reported that the colony settled in to their new home. Congratulations, Emily! We are very proud of you!  For another look at the blog Emily kept…