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tmclelland
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Anyone on here in the honeybee industry? I plan on taking the Master Beekeeper course when we get there and would love any advice or contact info or info on where you have to live on the island to have hives and how many can you have? Just any info would be great !! Thanks!!

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Topic starter Posted : July 13, 2013 2:54 am
Alana33
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Probably best to contact UVI ( University of the VI) extension services.

I'd say contact the Agriculture Dept. but who knows if they can or will bother to answer your questions.

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Posted : July 13, 2013 2:45 pm
Linda J
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Why would the Ag department not answer his questions?

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Posted : July 13, 2013 2:57 pm
Alana33
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Have you ever called the Ag dept.?
Here in STT, they tend to be fairly unresponsive.
He can try but better off trying UVI.

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Posted : July 13, 2013 4:08 pm
rmb2830
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definately call agriculture on stx and ask. It's a busy program. Even an asst commissioner has taken the course..so ask for Mr Chichester if no one else is available.

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Posted : July 14, 2013 12:29 am
tmclelland
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Thanks for the advice and info !!! 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : July 14, 2013 3:18 pm
JulieKay
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I know several beekeepers on island, we have quite a strong bee community here,

Grantley Samuel - GLG Plants and Produce, and he just finished the master course. https://www.facebook.com/GLGPlants

Toni Downs

Wanda Wright

Deputy General Chichester (Ag Dept)

VI Honeyman

Grantley and Toni you can meet at their farm stands in Southgate on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. If you'd like phone numbers PM me and I can send them to you.

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Posted : July 15, 2013 2:04 am
Novanut
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I've worked with Wanda Wright. She's great. Been doing this forever. Makes Honey Wine, Honey Mustard and, of course, HONEY...

Had a hive under my porch awhile back. She and her team came and scooped them up along with the honey. Transplanted them to a better place. Only got chased around the house by a soldier bee once while I was watching/photographing the extraction. She said it was a small hive; only about 20k. Sheesh!

Good lady.

Enjoy.

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Posted : July 23, 2013 1:30 am
AandA2VI
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Is she on STX? There is a lady thats super nice that sells her honey and soaps she makes on the East End... she was at Mango Melee. Her honey is SO GOOD. We use it to sweeten coffee now... weird I know but its good!

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Posted : July 26, 2013 3:35 pm
quirion
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Not weird at all. She was out at southgate while we were on island. Luckily Grantley has also started raising bees. I started using it for my coffee that day! Its amazing!

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Posted : July 28, 2013 9:00 am
JulieKay
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The lady who sells honey and soap on the East End is Toni Downs. She's a really smart beekeeper and an awesome person!

ETA: Wanda Wright's honey can be bought at ARTfarm on Saturdays.

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Posted : July 28, 2013 8:19 pm
Alana33
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Here's a link to help save honeybees:

http://org.credoaction.com/petitions/tell-congress-stop-the-pesticide-that-is-killing-bees?akid=8530.2805735.hzlJGk&rd=1&t=3

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Posted : August 1, 2013 1:33 pm
DaniQ
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Not sure how well this applies to this thread but it's about bees. About a month ago we went to the Annaberg ruins and they were closed due to bees. It doesn't bother me so much as I can go whenever I want. But, that day, there were 3 safari full of visitors who weren't able to see the ruins. Maybe a beekeeper would be able to assist in their relocation so people do not miss out on the historical sites?

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Posted : August 3, 2013 8:49 pm
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