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Flow: Honey From the Hive

Collect honey straight from your backyard without the beekeeping garb

by Hans Aschim
on 24 February 2015
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Honey has historically been used to treat burns, cuts, allergies, stomach ailments and was even thought to improve general life expectancy by the ancient Greeks. Eating honey made locally is said to have the greatest immune and allergen benefits—and enjoying the natural sweetener straight from the hive has never been easier with Flow. Currently funding on Indiegogo, the Australian invention essentially taps the hive and pours the honey out of a spout, making collection for humans and bees alike a stress-free experience.

Traditionally, collecting honey is a muti-step labor of love that requires a wealth of time, equipment and experience. Father and son co-founders Stuart and Cedar Anderson were inspired to create a better backyard beekeeping experience after suffering a few stings one fateful afternoon. Countless prototypes later and after years of research, Flow is a fully functioning and easy-to-use product. Each comb is isolated in a clear column, making monitoring both the production of honey and health of the hive easy. A honeycomb-like foundation structure gets the bees off to an easy start. After waxing and producing honey, a patented harvest system splits the hive foundation to drain the honey—with minimal interruption for the bees. Users can harvest one column at a time or all of them at once—useful during peak honey production periods, all without donning a beekeeper suit.

Backers can purchase the outer box (which is about the size of a birdhouse) and Flow frames (where the bees live) separately or together. Pick up six Flow frames and a box for $410 for a turnkey backyard beekeeping operation.

Images courtesy of Flow

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