“(Our aim) has always been to make things less stressful for the bees and easier on the beekeeper. Now things are on a much bigger scale.”
Stuart Anderson and his son, Cedar, have accomplished an almost impossible feat – they have created the most successful crowd-funding venture ever launched outside the U.S., raising over $7 MILLION in just about 4 weeks, all in support of their Flow Hive.
What is the Flow Hive, exactly? Essentially, the father/son team has created a beehive that minimizes a great deal of the labor normally involved in honey extraction. With just a turn of a lever, the honeycomb cells located within the brood box — the part of the hive where the queen bee lays her eggs and creates a nest — open and the honey runs to a pipe at the hive’s back, directly into a drum jar, ready for collection in as little as an hour.
Stuart (left) and Cedar Anderson (right) , inventors of the Flow Hive, hold a Flow Frame in the shed where they developed the idea in Far North Coast New South Wales, Australia.
“We hope it will attract young people and those in urban and suburban areas to take up beekeeping and, in turn, increase the bee population around the world,” said Stuart.
Based in the far northeastern corner of New South Wales, Australia, the pair has been working to identify a simpler method of honey extraction for a decade. They have been keeping bees for three generations… Cedar has been at it since he was just six years old.
“We humans are an inseparable part of a fragile web of species. We can’t survive without the health of the bees and indeed the world-wide ecosystem,” Stuart said. “We need more bees – and people that understand our interconnectedness. Beekeepers know that the health of their colonies is dependent on a multitude of factors, including what is happening for miles around each hive.”
Adds Cedar, “It shows just how much love there is for bees out there, which is really gratifying, ‘cos we love them, too. That’s really what the Flow Hive is all about.”
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