Ecuadorian Bee Project
- We have received another report on a PC Project supported by the NTPCA. This one is from Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark who has worked with setting up a bee project in Ecuador. Pictures of the project have been posed at our Yahoo site in the Photo section under "Ecuadorian Bee Project". Here is a report from Betsy dated April 2nd:
We continue forward with the bee project! Today we received the bees. They are all happy in their new homes!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.