I recently found a bunch of budding beekeepers on the remote Eastern slope of the Andes where I was giving a class in natural energy (small scale hydro).
This is a rural agricultural extension of the Catholic university called Carmen Pampa. The students are nearly all from rural families.
Carmen Pampa has a very active bee program led by highly able instructors.
I took the opportunity to introduce them to top-bar hives, which they had never heard of. I had built one for display with the help of members of this group.
It is probable that several of the students in the beekeeping program will do their thesis on TBHs.
Carmen Pampa has just recently gotten an Internet connection and now they will be able to benefit from the helpfulness and experience I have found in this group.
I will be at Carmen Pampa again in a few days and would be happy to introduce them to this group. Are there members of this group who communicate in Spanish?
To see photos of this beautiful place, go to Google Images and simply write in carmen pampa
All the best,
Ron Davis, www.watermotor.net