From: Elizabeth Clark <clark.elizabeth.h@...>
To: katiejc <katiejc@...>; cbw0917 <cbw0917@...>; -klbwilt <-klbwilt@...>; kerriscott <kerriscott@...>; ednmariej <ednmariej@...>; stalcupl <stalcupl@...>; peg_dombrowski <peg_dombrowski@...>; mmclark <mmclark@...>; melissa.ruszczyk <melissa.ruszczyk@...>; chapinr <chapinr@...>; hergroup2003 <hergroup2003@...>; -sallred04 <-sallred04@...>; tsohre <tsohre@...>; wlcisco <wlcisco@...>
Sent: Mon, Apr 2, 2012 1:56 pm
Subject: another update!
We continue forward
with the bee project! Today we received
the bees. They are all happy in their
This past Friday we had a training session
consisting of a lecture and hands on experience with a hive in San Antonio de
Ibarra taught by the cousin of one of the group members. He talked about basic management, the
components of the hive, the lifespan of a bee, honey harvest, hive duplication
and some common pests typically found.
Everyone was enthused to find out that currently honey in Ecuador is
selling for $7.00 a liter. Then the
group members had the opportunity to open up a “nucleo” hive, consisting of
just 5 frames of bees instead of the normal 10.
They identified the queen, workers, and drones as well as eggs and
larvae. And no one got stung!
Today we had the bees dropped off in town
at about 6am. They need to be
transported early in the morning so that they don’t cook in the back of the
truck. I went with the man who breeds
the bees to everyone’s site. They have
diverse homes. 2 hives went to live in a
high elevation cornfield. 3 hives went
to live in a blackberry patch while 3 more were brought to the base of a
terraced, integrated farm. In my time I
have left here (3 more weeks) I will be visiting the hives with the group
members to moderate the growth of the bee colonies.
I will keep you updated!
PS I will send pictures soon but it seems that all of my flash drives have viruses on them which makes getting the pictures to the internet cafe kind of tricky.
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