Re: small cell foundation
Got excited and ready to write a cheque, but further reading made it seem likely this study will never happen.
The level of compensation being asked is just too much.
If someone wants to run a study to prove their own point of view, a level of voluntary effort should reasonably be expected. If money is wanted not only for time, but for equipment, why? During the study the bees will presumably be productive. At the end of the study the person running it gets to keep all the equipment.
An "open chequebook" type approach has to be left aside, or this thing won't even get off the ground in my opinion.
I will pitch in some money, if I'm happy with the way the study is set up, and i also need to be happy it's not just being run as a money making venture.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).