ABC members have expressed a lot of interest in the recent announcement of the forthcoming (February 23) Kickstarter campaign for Flow™ Honey frames. The basic idea is that you can collect honey from your supers without removing the honey frames from the hive. Sounds too good to be true, but I guess we get at least one of those in a lifetime.
If you are not familiar with this purported revolution in beekeeping, you can check out the company’s web site here:
As I searched for more information about the technology behind this new method of honey collection, I came across a posting of a letter from the company to an interested beekeeper. If valid, the letter appears to be a part of their ongoing marketing campaign. It provides some believable details about how this technology might work. I’m not so sure about collecting the honey in an open container, though!
Here’s the text from the letter (as copied from the Beesource.com Forums):
Thanks so much for your interest in the Flow hive. We (Cedar, Stu and our whole beekeeping family) are so excited to be letting you and the world know about the invention we have been working on for over a decade. The response has been quite overwhelming, thanks for all the amazing comments. We are working as fast as we can to complete a video that will show you all the details about the technology.
We want to tell you a little more about the Flow frames/hives, how they work, what we think this will mean for beekeeping and where we are at with producing them.
How do the Flow™ frames work?
The next meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held Wednesday, February 14 in Room 118 of Edward Little High School in Auburn. Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by a public presentation by Dr. Frank Drummond of the University of Maine (Orono) titled “CCD and ME: How Colony Collapse Disorder affects Maine Honey Bees” from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Dr. Frank Drummond is a professor of insect ecology and insect pest management at UMaine (Orono). Frank also serves as director of the Pollinator Security Project (PSP) for Fruit and Vegetable Crops in the Northeast. The USDA funded PSP involves more than 20 researchers with the goal of uncovering ways to protect crop pollinators and to ensure profitability of fruit and vegetable production in the Northeast.
Frank’s expertise on honey bee health and his entertaining speaking style have resulted in requests for presentations throughout the United States. Closer to home, Frank speaks regularly with blueberry growers, honey bee keepers, and Maine state and non-profit agencies. If you have questions about CCD or honey bee health in Maine, please join us for Dr. Drummond’s ABC sponsored public presentation.
For those looking to take a bee class this winter/spring, Phil Gaven of the Honey Exchange in Portland (and an upcoming speaker for our club) made us aware of several classes with room down at the honey exchange. For more information, you can investigate at:
I hope everyone has finished digging out from the most recent snow storm and has made room for what is coming in the days and weeks ahead. We hope to see everyone next Wednesday for Frank’s presentation. He’s coming from a ways away and it would be great to have a big turn out. Tell your interested friends!