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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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Social Story – Hemraj Maskole, Master Trainer

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Hemraj Maskole, 30, is one of UTMT’s most promising Master Trainers from the first batch of beekeepers in Madhya Pradesh. Hailing from the small forested hamlet of Padav in Hoshangabad district, Hemraj is a progressive farmer who loves learning new things. Experimental by nature, he is often the first to practice new beekeeping innovations taught during UTMT’s advanced Master Trainer workshops.

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On a beekeeping exposure visit organized by UTMT to Uttaranchal in 2014, Hemraj learned about how a wooden queen gate (the entrance through which bees enter & exit a beebox) was more effective in summers than the commonly-used metal one.  Returning home, he set to work fashioning a wooden queen gate on his own. He proudly shows it off to whoever visits.

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For Hemraj, his bees are like his pets. He attentively tends to them in all seasons, practising every tip learned from UTMT staff. Here, he has religiously plastered his beeboxes with moist mud externally, to cool the hive in searing hot 45 degree summers

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Checking on his beeboxes in the rains, with the help of fellow farmers. He takes great pains to keep the box dry using basic, readily available local materials – building a straw shade and covering the top with a plastic sheet.

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In the last two years, Hemraj’s technical skills have developed so well, he has been given the responsibility of teaching trainees from new projects areas.

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Hemraj with his 4-year old daughter. His family have gotten used to the beeboxes outside their home, and enjoyed the honey harvested last season. Hemraj believes that the agricultural improvements he has seen are much greater than value from honey.