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Honey on Tap from Flow Hive

Ever since people first learned the consequences of Colony Collapse Disorder, a number of researchers have been attempting to find new ways to extract honey from bee hives without disturbing the bees. If you stop to think about it, the process of honey extraction can be very traumatic for the bee colonies, but what else can be done to collect the honey? The process of harvesting honey has not evolved much over the years… until now.

One group of honey enthusiasts has made incredible headway by introducing a new honey extracting invention called Flow Hive. The soon-to-be-released product is described as “… artificial honeycomb for use in a beehive, which enables honey to be removed from the honeycomb without removing the honeycomb from the hive.” The process has been patented by Flow™, and while there are a lot of unanswered questions at this time, the contraption has captured the imagination of the beekeeper industry and honey bee enthusiasts.

Through a Kickstarter campaign (soon to be launched), the inventors hope to inspire a new generation of beekeepers who will find that harvesting honey is easier, more gratifying, good for the planet, and not as harmful to the bees.

While this is not a regional company, the effects from such an invention could help to impact every corner of the planet. Reading many of the comments online, there are a lot of enthusiasts who are waiting to get their hands on this new invention. At the same time, there are also plenty of skeptics. Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, more Buffalonians will join the ranks of beekeepers, along with a few of the diehards that are already doing their part in Buffalo.

You can follow the progress of Flow Hive on Facebook. Or you can conduct a search on Kickstarter once the campaign goes live on February 23.

Photo: Cedar and Stuart Anderson of Flow Hive


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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