Brooklyn Couple to Promote Beekeeping in Haiti

With grandson Denzel, Chico Boyer checks his hives. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

With grandson Denzel, Chico Boyer checks his hives. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

The passion for beekeeping of one Brooklyn couple is rewarding them with extra dollars and the skills that they want to take back to their country of origin Haiti, reports Tequila Minsky for the Caribbean Life. 

Ditmas Park-based Chico Boyer, a musician, and his graphic artist wife, Kathy, developed their interest in the bees after attending New York City Beekeeping Association’s classes in 2007. A year later, they ordered their first two lots, each with a queen and 3,000 bees.

“It’s very educational for me,” says Chico, “I learn more about nature from watching the bees. We think, ‘it’s us against nature, but we are nature!’” Kathy adds, “We contribute to the balance of nature.”

The Boyers have two of the 85 beehives in Brooklyn where 35 licenses to raise bees have been issued. In all 277  hives across the city have been registered with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which issues the license.

Chico is happy that his passion is not just contributing to improving the environment but also giving him the skills that he can transfer to the neighborhood of his family home in the outskirts of Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince. It can help generate some income for the unemployed youth in the area, he explains.

“We harvested 120 pounds, this season,” Kathy boasts, the different sized jars informally sold by word-of-mouth and to neighbors and friends. The early summer harvest produced a pale yellow Linden honey from Brooklyn’s many Linden trees and the end of September harvest, produced an amber wildflower honey.

“We have a lot of Christmas presents,” Chico says.

Read more about Boyers’ experience with the beekeeping in Caribbean Life.

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