A Beekeeping Museum
The Prokopovych Beekeeping Institute in
Kyiv has a very good beekeeping museum. They have displays of skeps and historic
beekeeping equipment. The log hives at left are up in a tree.
They also have many experimental and whimsy hives, including
these two house-hives.
Equipment on display ranges from venom collectors to a treadmill for bees! The treadmill was
used in experiments measuring how far bees would walk to find nectar....
I invite you to take a virtual tour
of the museum with me: Prokopovych
My Ukraine Assignment
I was in Ukraine to help beekeepers develop their beekeeping association and
build beekeeping businesses. My assignment was organized by Citizens Network for
Foreign Affairs, a non-profit organization, and was funded by a "Farmer to
Farmer" grant by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
My hosts and I worked hard to develop
their beekeeping association. We used successful U.S. associations, marketing
cooperatives and beekeeping businesses as examples to get ideas.
collapse of the Soviet Union has required beekeepers to change the way they sell honey and
get supplies. There are near-term hardships, but there are also good opportunities
to develop businesses.
We worked on their business plans and did a lot
of financial and market analysis. I also shared American beekeeping methods with
them, and learned a lot about their beekeeping methods.
Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs (CNFA) did a great job in organizing my visit and I highly
recommend them to American farmers and agri-business people considering an overseas