Urban beekeeping isn’t always an easy task, and even further so when your a women living in a dust filled male dominated rural Ethiopian city of 10,000 plus people.
But the women who turned up for our Sunday beekeeper review and healthy honey harvest workshop are slowly changing that. Just like in any other highly populated space, keeping bees requires attention to certain rules and regulations. One of which requires a three meter fence separating bees from inhabited spaces, that of which requires materials that not all community members have access to. When brought to their attention, the Medula women enthusiastically created a list of resourceful solutions.
We once again gathered their list of flowering plants and trees, created a nectar flow calendar and came to a mutual agreement of the best best times to work, feed, and harvest from the hives.
In the afternoon we regrouped and collectively made our way to one of the beekeepers homes.
The women proudly pulled their protective gear out of it´s original packaging,
and we made our way back to the hives.
Smoking calmed the bees and as all the women gathered,
we excitedly began to identify all the combs.
With all the challenges aside, it´s safe to say that the Medula women beekeepers are on the right track!