Village Location: Kisii County--Semi-Urban Area
# of Villagers: 1600
Village CHEC Started: November 2021
# of Villagers in Beekeeping: 60
# of Hives: 50
Flora Around Apiary: Eucalyptus, Grevillea, Bottle Brush, Avocado, Banana
Honey Profile: Honey is typically extra light amber to light amber in color; flavor is luscious and buttery, and slightly woody. Warm toffee notes and a dry finish predominate. This honey goes perfectly with tea!
Kegati, GHC's fifth village in Kisii District, is relatively small, with only 1500 inhabitants and is considered to be in a semi-urban area. We began this CHEC in November 2021 and built the apiary in the fall of 2021. Kegati is only about 10-15 minutes from Kisii town, but a perfect place for bees to thrive. Since it is so close and land is ample, we decided to work with the villagers on constructing a large apiary to house 50 hives. It soon became clear that bees love the area around Kegati. Kegati has 20 hives that are fully colonized and the bees are consistently producing a good amount of delicious honey. The apiary sits adjacent to a river and the area is brimming with all kinds of flowering trees that bees love. We expect to keep growing this apiary and using it as a training site for those wanting hands-on experience that live near Kisii town.
Below is an up close video of one of our harvests from Kegati Village. As the video shows, our beekeepers closely examine each hive and comb to ensure it is ready for harvest. This harvest yielded over 20 liters of honey!