Below was written my last week of service while still in Grenada.
My year in Grenada is finishing up this week I am finishing projects, saying good byes, and packing up. I do not think this is the end of Grenada for me. I really enjoyed this island. And heard or was told that in the lower Caribbean, it truly is one of the friendliest and nicest island.
In this past year I was able to:
- Meet with 50 established beekeepers and 30 people interested in
beekeeping, assessed their knowledge and resources to understand
feasibility of needed trainings, equipment and appropriate technologies.
- Documented known 86 beekeepers and kept a contact list of 31 interested
people for the Association and others use.
- Offered assistance to all and worked one-on-one with 16
beekeepers trouble shooting problems, learning and sharing best practices
and using appropriate technology and techniques for the limitations of the
- Monitored and evaluated skills and advancement over the course
of working with each of the beekeepers.
- Supported the Ministry of Agriculture extension agent with
visiting beekeepers to assist them in their ventures. Knowledge and
expertise was shared in terms of exporting, value chains in Grenada and
importing of goods beekeepers would need.
- Created and implemented course curriculum specific to the
island of Grenada: Introduction to Successful Beekeeping: What you need to
get started and Bee Pests, Disease & Integrated Pest Management:
Understanding and Identification. Training 25 people over all these 2
courses given multiple times and locations to make it more available.
- Created, managed and communicated through Facebook page, Gmail
and WhatsApp application to keep beekeepers, interested people and public
aware of events, classes and information.
- Through further research and fieldworks, capturing of information
from beekeepers and other people on the island Ms. Wannarka correlated,
designed and wrote 160-page electronic book “Honey Bee Plants in Grenada,
Eastern Caribbean: Nectar, Pollen,
and Propolis source plants” to assist beekeepers, interested people,
farmers and others conserve and increase bee plant fodder and knowledge on
the island. The book was sent via email, WhatsApp and the Facebook page to
beekeepers, interested people and other contacts made through the past
- Attending monthly was able to
attend the St. George’s University Bee College in May 2015 and there met 14
other beekeepers from the Caribbean and Florida University that she kept in
touch with and shared information with.
- Assisting Belmont Estate, an Agro-tourism
historic plantation. Specifically helping with their Goat Dairy project one day
a week with communication from a U.S. based manager to the Belmont estate
office handling the payroll, encourage staff and oversee overall process. This
allowed Ms. Wannarka to see and understand the financial and payroll process of
a business on the island. Working with the staff of the Goat Dairy Project and
Belmont estate was a pleasure.
- Liaisoned with other organizations on the island to share her
expertise and knowledge with. Grand Bras Estate is a historic 100-acre farm
that employs 20 people for year around vegetable production. Through discussion
using bees for pollination was found to be possible and helpful to improve the
vegetable crop in a few fields on a trial basis.
community meetings such as GRENED, Grenada Education and Development Programme;
SADO, St. Andrew’s Development Organization and Grenada Creole Society Meeting
and Lecture in Concord, St. John’s. Ms Wannarka also participated in a panel
for STEM Opportunities in the Peace Corps Webinar for Western Pennsylvania to
share Peace Corps and Response experience