We began our time in Kembata-Tembaro Ethiopia touring as many of our recently trained beekeepers homes as one day allows.
Friday morning was spent in Medula,
where beekeepers proudly demonstrated their established transitional beehives, recently acquired swarms awaiting transferring, and their newly constructed coverings protecting their hives against rain and sun.
Beekeepers took the time to explain how beneficial the hives were in comparison to the old and not only were the bees able to produce more honey but the beekeepers noticed that they were happier in their cleaner home.
We spent time asking questions about bee forage and harvest times, and no beekeeper hesitated in identifying the plethora off nectar and pollen plants surrounding their homes.
The afternoon took us back to Kololo,
where beekeepers once again, welcomed us into their homes.
They were excited to show us their growing apiary and all the new transitional hives they’ve built since our last workshop only 8 months ago.
Following our February 2014 workshop, beekeepers had already harvested honey twice,
and were very eager for us to sample.
Not only was it a joy to visit the homes of more than 10 new and old beekeepers but there commitment and enthusiasm showed through their generosity,
and it was all just a taste of the beautiful experiences to come.