I was invited to Laughlands, St. Ann, Jamaica
to teach current beekeeping practices and queen
rearing. Laughland is centered on the North
William Masterton met me at the Montego Bay
airport for the drive to the farm. Wednesday,
the next day, was the first day of training.
William and Tom Hall were eager and ready to
Most of Williams hives are a few feet from
They have hives near the shore.
These two hives were feral colonies the
beginning of October.
It rained Wednesday but we had work to do.
The bees were not happy after being opened
twice in the rain and twice the next two days.
By Friday most of the hives were quite
defensive. William and Tom set up a starter
hive. We pulled two frames of brood for
Tom practiced grafting a cell bar.
William grafting under the watchful eye of
Patrick joined the training Thursday. We are
getting Patrick a frame to practice grafting.
Tony and Rose Marie Allen joined the
I pulled a frame of brood for Tony and Rose
We added the Allen's frame to the cell frame
under Patrick's and put them back in the
The week was three twelve hour days of
learning for the Jamaicans. There is plenty of
further opportunity to return and continue