The world of bee keeping has been waiting a very long time for a new innovation. The Father and son team of Stuart and Cedar Anderson have come up with a genius way to collect honey without opening the hive. They call this innovation the "Flow Frame".
According the honeyflow.com
“Flow™” is the name of our new invention that allows honey to be harvested directly from the hive without opening the hive and with little disturbance to the bees. The Flow frames are the beehive frames that make this possible.
he team recently launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo and at the the time of this writing, have raised over $2,500,000 dollars. This is pretty amazing considering their initial goal was to raise $70,000.
How it Works
The honeyflow website explains that the Flow frame consists of already partly formed honeycomb cells. The bees complete the comb with their wax, fill the cells with honey and cap the cells as usual. When you turn the tool, a bit like a tap, the cells split vertically inside the comb forming channels, allowing the honey to flow down to a sealed trough at the base of the frame and out of the hive, while the bees are practically undisturbed on the comb surface.
When the honey has finished draining, you turn the tap again in the upper slot which resets the comb into the original position and allows the bees to chew the wax capping away, and fill it with honey again.
Inside the Flow Hive
Part of a Bigger Picture
The Andersons believe that beekeepers and bees have a special symbiotic relationship that goes back thousands of years. We have literally evolved together. We care for them, they pollinate our crops and of course make lots of delicious honey.
Without the bees we may not be able to sustain human life as we know it, and without the beekeepers we wouldn’t have enough bees….
In this modern world of limited natural habitat, beekeepers have become vital carers of bee colonies.
We hope Flow™ hive will encourage thousands more people to become passionate carers and advocates of bees and become more aware of the threats facing not only bees but the matrix of life.