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Healthy Honey Granola Bar

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Crave for a quick bite to satisfy your those hunger pangs? Try a healthy option that is tasty and loaded with all the health goodness required to stay fit!

Ingredients:
2 cups dry oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (toasted)
1-1/2 Tbsp ground cardamom
4-5 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 Tbsp UTMT honey of your choice

Method:
Heat the butter, brown sugar and honey in a saucepan until the butter melts and begins to boil.
Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until well coated.
Take an aluminum foil, pour the mix on it and tightly wrap it making a bar. Set to chill.
Once the bar is set. Cut into small pieces.

Your delicious snack is ready!

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Honey and Oats Face Pack

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A natural oat mask with the goodness of honey to help your skin stay young and smooth. The anti-inflammatory properties in the grains make it suitable for sensitive skin.

 Procedure:

  • Mix one tablespoon of oat flour with two tablespoon of honey to make an oatmeal and honey face mask at home for dry and irritated skin.
  • Add one tablespoon of milk to this mixture and apply onto your face and neck.
  • Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

 

 

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Social Story – When RBL Bank interns visited us

One a hot June day, 32 management interns from RBL Bank visited our Valsad project villages to understand our work with small farmers and bees. RBL Bank supports the project here, and the interns received a first-hand view of the program’s objectives and progress made on various fronts.
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The group excited to begin field activities assigned by Dhara Patel, UTMT team leader Gujarat in the Beekeeping Resource Centre, Tutarkhed village
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Weighing and packing seeds of niger (an oilseed) and til (sesame), for distribution before the monsoons set in. The additional flora will serve as additional food for bees.
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Sesame seeds packed and ready to go!
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Fascinated to see bees up close
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An intern bravely volunteers to check a frame
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Lunch is served! – khichdi, brinjal vegetable, fresh mango-onion salad finished with deliciously sweet, ripe mangoes plucked from a beekeeper’s tree
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For the love of mangoes!
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Wall writing on a beekeeper’s house – “I am a beekeeper” – stenciled by the group
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Christina Kinny, UTMT Mumbai, presents Thank You notes to the teams
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Digging a mud pile around a mud-hive, to protect it from flooding during rains
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Social Story: Our UTMT Champion

We have had a string of wonderful guests visit our rural project sites recently. In March, our Gujarat team hosted Mr. Martin Kunz – an accomplished, passionate beekeeper and fairtrade expert from the United Kingdom. Mr Kunz has been an enthusiastic UTMT supporter and provides valuable inputs from his many decades long career in the sector. Keen to learn about the impact of UTMT’s work, he interacted extensively with the beekeepers and UTMT staff, comparing and contrasting beekeeping practices with those of other regions in India and the West.

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At Tutarkhed village in Valsad district, a group of women beekeepers chats with Mr Kunz and his wife, with UTMT’s Gujarat team leader Dhara Patel translating along the way.

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Photographing the bees!

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Getting a close-up of the honey extraction process, aided by Master Trainers Madhubhai and Manilalbhai

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Thrilled to see UTMT’s latest experimental initiative – mud hives built using locally available raw materials. If successful, it will keep the hive cool in scorching summer months and help reduce starter kit costs.

We are very grateful to count Mr. Kunz as one of UTMT’s champions!

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Honey Chilli Sauce

Celebrity Chef Tarla Dalal’s recipe on Honey Chilli Sauce is a must try:

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If you like to tease your taste-buds with such flavour combinations, then the honey chilli sauce, made of red and green chillies suspended in lemon-tinged honey is just perfect for you!

Ingredients

3/4 cup UTMT honey
1 1/2 tbsp finely chopped fresh red chillies
1 tbsp finely chopped green chillies
1 tbsp lemon juice

Method

Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and mix well.
Refrigerate for atleast 1 hour.
Use as required or store refrigerated in an air-tight container.

Source: Tarla Dalal Recipes

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Honey Hokey Pokey

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Hokey pokey is a Cornish term for honeycomb. It is wonderful eaten in golden shards or crumbled into the best vanilla ice cream. It is also the perfect present to take to a dinner party. Better than flowers, as they need to be put into a vase, better than chocolate, which people tend to smile politely at, but put away in a drawer: no one can resist a bit of hokey pokey I’ve found.

The quantities I’ve specified don’t make an awful lot – enough to fill a little tin 12cm in diameter by 6cm deep – but any more and you’d be sued by your dentist.

INGREDIENTS
Makes: 125g / 2 cups

METRICCUPS
• 100 grams caster sugar
• 4 tablespoons golden syrup
• 1½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

METHOD
1. Put the sugar and syrup into a saucepan and stir together to mix. You mustn’t stir once the pan’s on the heat, though.
2. Place the pan on the heat and let the mixture first melt, then turn to goo and then to a bubbling mass the colour of maple syrup – this will take 3 minutes or so.
3. Off the heat, whisk in the bicarbonate of soda and watch the syrup turn into a whooshing cloud of aerated pale gold. Turn this immediately onto a piece of reusable baking parchment or greased foil.
4. Leave until set and then bash at it, so that it splinters into many glinting pieces.

Source: Nigella Lawson

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Social Story: Mud Hives Training

Experimenting with new techniques, team UTMT recently learned to make mud hives and wall hives. These were explored as alternatives to the wooden beeboxes currently used to house our Apis cerana bees.
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Women trainees in Dhule learning to make a mud hive in a corner of a garden
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Comparison between a wooden beebox (LHS) and mud hive (RHS).

After completion, a mud hive will have the same eight wooden frames on which bees will begin building a honeycomb. With a shape and structure similar to a beebox, the mud hive closely replicates the internal environment bees are accustomed to living in. Using naturally available mud not only brings down raw material costs, it also helps maintain optimal temperature of the hive.
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Dhara Patel, Team Leader, Gujarat, gets her hands dirty
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A “wall hive” being made. (LHS) Work in progress and (RHS) the finished product. Basically it is a mud hive affixed into the wall of the village house. Through the wooden “door” on the front side, beekeepers open the structure to check on their bees.
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Technical Assistant Madhubhai Bhoya from Gujarat teaches women beekeepers construction of a mud hive.
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It’s time for a trainee to practically apply Madhubhai’s teaching
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Banana Honey Face Pack

Winters bring with it dry skin. Thank God for the gift of honey that helps in restoring the skins natural glow!

Here’s a quick and easy Banana Honey Face Pack:

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp UTMT honey
1 tsp olive oil

Procedure:
Make a smooth paste out of all the ingredients, apply all over the face. Leave it on the face for 10 minutes.

Wash it off with cold water to reveal smooth and supple skin.

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UTMT Technical Assistant – Chabildas Jadhav

Chabildas Jadhav, 37, is UTMT’s most experienced Technical Assistant, having risen through the ranks from beekeeper, over 6 years. Hailing from Kopurli village in Nasik, he is a crucial part of the Maharashtra field team, travelling to new project villages in neighbouring districts to teach new farmers how to beekeep.

Chabildas also mentors the new bunch of Master Trainers from Maharashtra’s project areas, delivering trainings with little supervision.

We look forward to many more years of Chabildas’ expert guidance!

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One of the most progressive beekeepers in the fold, Chabildas constantly looks for new ways to expand his operations. He was the first to experiment with renting his beeboxes to pomegranate farmers in Nasik for pollination, an exercise that met with big success and led to demand for beeboxes from other pomegranate farmers.

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 Speaking of yield improvements in his own crops, he says the most notable is his gourds – a 40% increase, tremendous improvement in quality and a shorter flowering to fruiting period. Here he is seen taking Vijaya Pastala, founder of UTMT, to see the beeboxes

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Inspecting a bee colony closely
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Seated under a small mango tree, with a beebox and a honey extractor, Chabildas explains honey extraction to Master Trainer Tukaram before beginning the process.
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Teaching a batch of women beekeepers the ropes
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Discussing with fellow beekeepers their experiences and plans for expansion
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UTMT Master Trainer from Nashik

Mangesh Gangurde from Peth, Nashik, is an unconventional beekeeper. Employed full-time as a teacher in a local school, he assists his family in cultivating mango, cashew, sunflower, seasonal vegetables and rice on their 3.5 acre farmland in his free time. Keeping bees has become his third livelihood!

Mangesh underwent UTMT’s beekeeping training in 2012, as part of a Modi Trust supported project. He had earlier heard of his neighbours keeping bees, and felt inclined to try it for himself. Mangesh has not looked back since. Three years and 10 beeboxes later, he is much respected in the community for his beekeeping initiative.
Thanks to his teaching background, Mangesh knew about the pollination value of bees before he saw his farm yields increase. He says his sunflowers are bigger in size and more in number after the beeboxes came, with a 30% increase in production since 2012. Encouraged, he cultivates more sunflower than before.
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With one of his beeboxes. The elaborate, sturdy shade protects the box from strong monsoon winds and rain, while the water moat at the base of the stand is essential to keep ants at bay.
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Helping UTMT staff check a farmer’s beebox health. Mangesh is an important local resource person for UTMT, providing valuable inputs for mobilizing farmers, identifying flora and searching for bee colonies.
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He has become a staunch ambassador for bees, convincing sceptical farmers about the bountiful agricultural impacts of beekeeping. Using his teaching skills, he has prepared a booklet and charts on the benefits of bees, and installed the charts near his beeboxes. His success has drawn many curious visitors to his farm – fellow school teachers, an Agriculture Department officer, staff of an NGO.
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At a demonstration teaching how to transfer bees from the wild into a beebox. Mangesh often accompanies UTMT staff on new farmer trainings, pitching in with his experience.
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What makes Mangesh’ story stand out is his children’s interest in bees! Having seen their father handle the insects, they are just as fearless, much to the surprise of visitors. You can see this in the picture where his 3-year old daughter happily holds a beebox frame.