The Bee Cause Project, and particularly Ted Dennard, has given us the practical guidance and assistance to get the program up and running by facilitating workshops, advising and assisting in obtaining honeybees, and inspiring our first beekeepers.
The Beekeeping Initiative began with a workshop held at the Exuma Foundation in 2014 for a handful of interested people. Since then, we have hosted 3 more workshops including a advanced queen rearing workshop. We now have 10+ beekeepers. We also provide mentorship, honey processing, and low cost equipment for beekeepers.
The University of Georgia Honey Bee Laboratory, and particularly Jennifer Berry, has led two workshops and supported a trip for 4 beekeepers to the UGA/Young Harris Beekeeping Institute in 2017.
In 2015 the Exuma Foundation obtained permission from the Ministry of Agriculture to bring honeybees to the island in order to foster a cottage industry in the community. On our campus we now have two apiaries, an observation hive, and a honey house. We are excited about the early success and interest, and there's a lot to look forward to!
We owe much gratitude to the people and organizations who have donated their time, expertise, and resources to our Beekeeping Initiative. Two of our major supporters are...
Exuma Honey is available!
Proceeds go to support the Beekeeping Initiative. Stop by our campus to pick up a jar. Makes a great gift!