The idea was inspired when Australian beekeeper Cedar Anderson who watched his brother get stung on an extraction mission.
Cedar and his father Stuart spent ten years to develop a more human- and bee-friendly design.
The Flow Hive is so invasive that they don't even have to wear bee suits anymore.
In the past, bees were disturbed or made homeless by the invasive methods beekeepers used to harvest their honey.
Some reasons why the bees disappeared from the hive include;
- Hive owner replacing honey with corn syrup for bees to feed on in the winter
- The energy of the hive owner was nervous, fearful, angry, frustrated or negative. This in turn has an impact on the bees and they will not return.
With the Flow Hive beekeepers turn on the tap and let the honey flow out.
Here is how it works:
In 2015, the Flow Hive became the most popular crowd-funded campaign in Indiegogo’s history, raising $12 million.
Four years later, the duo has distributed over 51,000 hives around the world, inspiring people to take up beekeeping who never otherwise would have, and increasing the global honeybee population by 10 percent!
Plus, they donate all their profits to creating and protecting pollinator habitats in Australia and the United States.
For more information check out honeyflow.com