Kat's Flow Hive thoughtsby Kat Scholl on 03/04/15
Yes, I've seen this product. I'm hesitant and interested in learning more. With that said I've got a soapbox beekeeping moment:
I don't like posts like this. "<insert hobby or task here> just got easier..."
Please keep in mind that only videos, interviews and some patents have been released about this magical honey extraction box. Lets think about this realistically, somehow the bees' home is disturbed to extract this honey. My main concern about a claim to make something easier (much like a diet pill) is the process that something must be compromised.
You all know the honey is the honeybees main source of carbohydrates and is the fruit of the bees labor. Pulling that food away from the bees does compromise their long term colony health. When we extract the honey from our hives, we plan ahead to ensure we do not take too much and our colonies will survive winter.
I hope that there is good research behind this and there is not a sizable damage to the colony. My main fear is that people (general public) will view this as a 'easy way' to keep honey bees. There is not an easy way to keep bees. They are insects and essentially livestock that us humans attempt to control for our benefit (pollination, honey, pollen and propolis to name a few).
***The important part***
My request to my friends and lovers of pollinators, flowers, fruits and veggies, honey and pollen and really anything that blooms in our world is to invest in your local pollinators. Plant flowers. Don't spray your weeds. If you must spray, please please please read the directions (most will say not to spray when the plant is in bloom). And to support the legislation in your local areas. There are plenty of states that are attempting to pass important changes that will help or hinder the native and non-native pollinators. If you've made it this far in my post, I thank you for taking the time and I hope you take the last section to heart. Thanks.