Volunteers usually spend an intensive period preparing for and carrying out a Farmer to Farmer assignment, but unless they return periodically it is difficult to see the progress over time and the greater sum of the assistance provided. Here is a snapshot update on Nicodeme Pierre, one of the most successful beekeepers that Partners' Farmer to Farmer Program has been working with over the years.
(Photo: Working in the hive, Nicodeme Pierre removes a frame full of honey. Photo taken by Justin Hackworth)
Our best improved beekeeper in 2009 (Nicodème Pierre, in Caracol Poisson, northern of Haiti) harvested 175 gallons of honey (36 hives) . In 2008 he harvested [only] 17 gallons from 16 hives. Not only did he increase colonies but also honey. Certainly, we have more than one improved beekeeper.
-reported from Benito Jasmin, Haiti FTF Coordinator
Nicodeme also appeared in a May 2009 article of the American Bee Journal ("Haiti: a Struggling Nation with Determined Beekeepers"), as authored by FTF volunteer Todd Jameson after he, David Westervelt, and Doug Corbin completed their FTF assignments in Haiti in partnership with FAVACA.
Thanks to all our many beekeepers who have worked with us and with the beekeepers in Haiti. And if you would like to return, please contact us as we have many open assignments in beekeeping! Benito wants to see you in Haiti soon.