Api­cul­ture has been a dream hob­by of mine now for many years. I’m just fas­ci­nat­ed by it. As far as dream hob­bies go, I always felt that this one was rather real­is­tic. How­ev­er, still a lit­tle tricky to get into — not the type of thing I want­ed to just read about and then buy my way into like origa­mi or print-mak­ing, or even pho­tog­ra­phy. When the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn bee­keep­ing from a Peace Corps staff mem­ber pre­sent­ed itself, who was a bee­keep­ing spe­cial­ist him­self in the Peace Corps, I jumped at the chance. (side note: that is about the sweet­est PC assign­ment I have ever heard of). This morn­ing was my first chance to go out and take a look. For this first time, I was basi­cal­ly just observ­ing while he revised the hives. There are three of them. I did get to help with the smok­er, but main­ly I want­ed to watch and take pic­tures this time. Next time I can start help­ing a bit and get­ting used to han­dling the frames. I can’t add the “sec­ondary project” tag yet, but I can add a new api­cul­ture one, and I have dreams.

This part of Mex­i­co is appar­ent­ly not the best for pro­duc­ing hon­ey. There just aren’t that many mel­lif­er­ous plants for them to feed on. There were con­cerns about the health of the hives this morn­ing, but I think the results were a bit bet­ter than expect­ed. Two of the hives were left with some extra food (sug­ar-water). They all had some nec­tar inside, but no hon­ey. I’m hes­i­tant to write too much more because I know so lit­tle about api­cul­ture so far. That will be chang­ing. It’s nicer and I’m more moti­vat­ed to read now that I have a frame of ref­er­ence.