Stu had a great time in the US and Canada visiting with y'all! He presented at events and visited some pollinator support projects funded by Flow.
Stu and the Flow Team closed the tour at Apimondia 2019, in Montreal, Canada... Check out our tour map and diary below.
Australian beekeeper Barbara won a Silver Medal for her honey, which she harvested from a Flow Hive of course!
And Flow won a Silver Medal for best small stand — no doubt the live honey harvest was a crowd-pleaser.
Flow’s Research Manager, Dr Emily Grace presented Flow to the world stage, as part of the symposium program. And Stu and Mirabai co-hosted a workshop covering Finding Funding for beekeeping enterprises.
It was an honour to be amongst our esteemed colleagues at this global bi-annual event. We look forward to seeing everyone again in Russia in 2021.
Flow 2019 USA and Canada tour:
- July 11-14:
Western Apicultural Society Conference, Ashland, Oregon
On the west coast, Stu joined the Roundtable Speed Swarming Saturday morning, and co-hosted a Farm Tour on Sunday. We enjoyed catching up with Sarah Red-Laird from Bee Girl Organisation, one of the nine projects we have funded through our Pollinator Support Program. Sarah is coordinating an important project trialling the perfect organic seed pack for pollinators.
- July 16 -19:
Eastern Apicultural Society Conference, Greenville, South Carolina
On the east coast, Stu was a guest speaker at the conference and joined our US Flow Team, Nanette & Scott Davis at our stall – displaying our latest innovations in beekeeping.
- July 23:
What is the Flow Hive w/ Stuart Anderson, Concord, North Carolina
Stu shared a personal account of the Flow story, along with his tips on how to use the Flow Hive at this event co-hosted with Rowan County Beekeepers, Stanly County Beekeepers, and Union County Beekeepers Associations.
- July 26:
‘Enhancing Pollinator Habitat & Education' Project, Durham, North Carolina
Stuart visited this Flow funded project at Durham Public Schools Hub Farm.
- September 8-12:
Apimondia 2019, Montrèal, Quebec
The biggest beekeeping conference of the year! The Flow stall featured daily live honey harvests, our Flow Hive 2 in action, our knowledgeable team and local Flow beekeeping volunteers.
For more information please visit our, please visit our events page here.
Stuart Anderson – Flow Hive co-inventor
Stuart Anderson is co-inventor of the revolutionary honey extraction system, the Flow Hive, which took a love of bees and a decade of work with his son, Cedar, to create.
The Flow Hive is inspiring thousands of new beekeepers around the world. It takes the hard work out of harvesting honey - and makes it a lot less stressful for the bees.
In live video Question and Answer sessions, Stuart will share his tips on use of the Flow Hive and troubleshoot concerns. Join in to have Flow Hive questions answered as only Stuart can.
Flow USA Team
Meet Nanette & Scott Davis, Flow representatives on the ground in the USA represent us at beekeeping events.
Nanette, a Master Beekeeper from Texas, has been fascinated with bees from an early age when she rescued a bee from her bedroom window, only to discover another bee and another, and still another upon coming back from releasing the first. Her family discovered that a swarm of bees had landed on their house in search of a new home. The swarm decided not to stay, but the wonder of the moment never left her. That memory eventually inspired her to become a beekeeper more than thirty years later.
See our revolutionary new Flow Hive 2 up close and personal
At each event you can see our new and improved Flow Hive 2 on display. You will have the chance to touch, interact and ask questions about this beautiful upgraded Flow Hive.
Are you a Beekeeping Association?
If you are part of a Beekeeping Association or know of an Association that may like to have Stuart Anderson join a meeting by video call for a Flow Hive Q&A Session, visit our Beekeeping Club Support page to register and we’ll be in touch.
Want to see a Flow Hive in the USA?
Check out our Directory for beekeeping clubs in the USA and all around the world that have operating Flow Hives.
It was an exciting start to the tour, only a day off the plane from Australia, and into a white water raft in Ashland, Oregon. Sarah Red-Laird President of the Western Apicultural Society, and event manager of the 2019 Conference had organised the adventure. It was fun, cruising down jobbly rapids, until the last wild one nearly tipped us out! We paddled gently on through clear freshwater; passing green deciduous trees, an occasional deer and many water birds.
The next day marked the start of the Western Apicultural Society Conference 12-14 July. The speakers program demonstrated that there is a rising of very competent, articulate and experienced female bee researchers. I was honored to be invited to join the program as a speaker, and hold a Flow stall with Nanette and Scott.
We had donated a Flow Hive 2 to help raise funds for WAS. Local beekeeper Allen was the lucky winner and is very excited to have it. He has four or five hives so it will be easy for him to transfer a full working colony to the Flow hive. Allen will be a grandfather in a couple of months. We shared stories of introducing children to bees..... He's also a pilot and electrical engineer so we had plenty more stories to swap.
I joined Sarah for a field trip to the Siskiyou Seeds for Pollinators project at Southern Oregon University. This project has been part-funded by our Flow Pollinator Support Program. It was wonderful to see this project which is trialling the best flowers for pollinator nectar and pollen source, creating a new organic seed mix for pollinators.
After packing up the WAS Flow booth with Nanette and Scott, we all flew to Greenville, North Carolina for the Eastern Apicultural Society Conference 17-19 July. We set up our stall amongst the many great exhibitors.
Many speakers stood out for me, two of these were; Meghan Milbrath and Kirsten Traynor.
Meghan addressed the high percentage of colonies dying over the US winter. Meghan says it is all about mite load in autumn (fall) going into winter. She said that the varroa mites devour the ‘fat body’ of bees leaving them too weak to survive the winter.
Kirsten is an incredibly articulate speaker, rapid-fire and every word with a purpose. She studies bee diseases and emphasised the care beekeepers should take in sterilising their hands, tools and other gear after each single hive inspection. She uses a new pair of gloves for each hive. I guess she is all too aware of the pathogens and the possibility of contamination.
I was thrilled to say "hi" to our friends Becky and Jay, who were the event managers of the EAS last year. Wednesday marked the day for me to deliver my talk ‘Beekeepers as Environmental Advocates’, and the evening ended with the auction of a Flow Hive 2 to raise funds for EAS.
David, the winner, said he was buying it for his son, Samuel, who is a kid who's differently-abled. Sam and I had got to know each other during the conference. David is clearly a devoted dad and I’m so glad our hive has gone to such a family.
Packing up at this conference meant saying good-bye to Scott and Nanette – they flew home to Texas, and I headed to the hills.
I was picked up by James of HiveTracks and one of his sons, Oliver. We drove nearly three hours to their place in the hills above the town of Boone, North Carolina. We arrived after midnight so it wasn’t until morning that I saw the extremely beautiful place I had landed in. A fast-flowing creek burbled 20 metres from the ‘stoop’, the thick grass down to the water-edge was deep green and springy, like walking on a mattress.
James’ house nestles on a ten-acre peninsula formed by the creek that flows around three sides of the property. Mixed pine and fir forests stretch up on all sides and it is common to see deer, raccoons and plenty of birdlife. Beavers are around as well – they cut down trees for fun and last year demolished 20 young orchard trees; plums, nectarines, etc.
James is a commercial beekeeper. I spent a day at a couple of their bee-yards carrying full, half-depth 10-frame supers of honey to the ute (there must be a better way), and took part in varroa mite control by placing formic acid strips on top of the excluder. I also funnelled handfuls of bees into alcohol-filled jars for disease and varroa sampling. This was all fun – even when I got stung beside the eye. I had given my lovely Flow Mesh Jacket to James, and was wearing only a veil. I was due to give a beekeeping club talk to in Concord that evening so was imagining the teasing I’d get arriving with a swollen, closed-up eye, but it hardly bulged out at all.
We had a hire car; James was my coach as I learned to drive on the right (wrong) side of the road. There are a few different road rules, but basically I have got the hang of it without the panicked alarm I was anticipating. This meant I could drive myself three hours to the next stop – Durham.
In Durham, I had the pleasure to visit the Durham Public School Hub Farm. This school hosts an education project titled 'Enhancing Pollinator Habitat and Education'. We were proud to award the project funds via Flow’s Pollinator Support Program.
Ashley and Melissa coordinate the project, and my visit chanced upon an education open day. A lovely fella called Stan has been the main beekeeper on-site, voluntarily setting up and maintaining the Farm’s hives for five years. Their project focuses on improving and expanding their apiary, which pollinates the gardens and fruit trees and is used for the education program. The Hub Farm is linked to a number of local schools, students are engaged in planting and harvesting as well as other food-related activities. Because of the Pollinator Program, they now have four hives including a top-bar.
Stan and I watched on as Ashley taught 10 eight-year-olds about the basics of bees. After answering questions on pollination, drone bees, the queen, etc. they each got to taste some honey which, unfortunately, they wanted to call “Bee Barf”. They had over a hundred children in small teams circling around the various teaching points; the bees, the vegetables, cooking, making watermelon juice, and so on. Those teachers worked hard. We are so proud to have funded this project and are looking forward to what the team do next.
2018 Tour Diary
We kicked off the tour in Reno, Nevada at the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow 9-13th of January.
Local Master Beekeeper and Flow North American representative Nanette Davis held the Flow stall.
We were also lucky enough to connect with members Jim and Bonnie from local beekeeping Association, the Northern Nevada Beekeepers who helped us set up our stall. They have since registered for our Beekeeping Club Support Program, and we were very happy to donate a Flow Hive Classic Cedar 6 Frame and also a Flow Hive Hybrid Araucaria 3 Frame to their Association, following the event.
The Association is a lovely community who are welcoming of new members, so if you are thinking about joining a local beekeeping association, then feel welcome to make contact with them. And of course, for those who would like to visit a Flow Hive or work with a Flow Hive in a group environment, the Association plan to have their Hive set up in the Apiary, come spring.
March 17 marked the 10th Annual Texas Beekeeping School, held in Brenham.
For the third year running, we were delighted to join the Central Texas Beekeepers Association. Nanette and Scott held a Flow stall with the Flow HIve Classic 6 Frame, Flow Hive Hybrid and Flow Hive 7 Frame all on display. Local Flow beekeepers, Terri and John, volunteered on the stall and helped answer questions.
Watch Terri and John’s episode of Meet the Beekeeper from Mira’s 2016 USA tour below.
Congratulations to the winner of our donated Flow Hive Hybrid 3 frame door-prize – Mr. Paul Franek, a beginner beekeeper who attended the Bee School to learn how to be a beekeeper.
In early April, Nanette went to the Montgomery County Fair (in Conroe, Texas), helping to share information about bees and beekeeping along with other members of the Montgomery County Beekeeper’s Association. An educational area was set up including an observation hive, demonstration hives, products of the hive and a variety of beekeeping equipment.
Here's the Flow Hive on tour at the carnival and Cowboy Village that was set up with activities for the kids.
April 20-21 was the Honey Convention in Tazewell, Tennessee. The Honey Convention included two days of workshops and lectures. Nanette and Scott were at the helm of our Flow stall, and received a swarm of visitors and questions.
Cedar Anderson joined the event by video call on Saturday, (an early morning start in Australia), following a lecture by Nanette. It was awesome to answer people’s questions about Flow, and be able meet the beekeepers.
The Flow Hive Hybrid on display at the stall was donated to a group that supports youth beekeeping and helps young people understand more about growing and sustainable food production—we are stoked to be able to support projects like this!
Becky Johnson, co-founder and event organiser of the Honey Convention, said that there was great interest in the donated Flow Hive Classic Cedar 6 frame raffle, with over $700 raised! All monies went back to the Honey Convention.
Becky also mentioned that this year there was a great turn out, and next year should be even better with the relocation of the Convention to a larger city and new venue.
Keep your eyes on the Honey Convention website for more announcements about the 2019 Honey Convention.
We finished our Tour for 2018 in Virginia at the Eastern Apicultural Society Bee Conference. Taking place from August 13-17, the Conference is the largest beekeeping event for the Eastern States.
A massive 5 days – from short courses and workshops, to keynote speakers (bee-experts and speakers from around the world), to a honey exchange and honey show, as well as children's activities, there was something for everyone!
Nanette and Scott held a Flow stall and Flow Hive demonstration, and were very happy to meet up with Brenda Kiessling who volunteered with us, and will receive a donated Flow Hive for the local 4-H Beekeeping Club. They also met Ann Harman, one of the most respected Honey Judges of the US.
And last, but not least, Mr. Andrew Wooton from Australia came to visit the Flow stall after his talk named Managing Bee Club Growth & Teaching w/the Flow Hive “Down Under”. His talk covered how his Club in Melbourne, Australia use a cloud-based membership and event management system, and innovative program to manage the growing demands of the influx of new members.