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We'd love to hear from you, whether you're a brand-new beekeeper, a wizened beek with years of experience or even if you've recently been reinspired to take up the beekeeping mantle once more.
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My grandfather introduced me to beesMy experience with bees...
- Ian H. Weston, ACT AUS Read Full Story
My grandfather introduced me to bees
My experience with bees began with my grandfather, who was a coal miner in the NSW Hunter Valley.
He would take me with him into the bush, where he would observe bees coming from a water hole and follow them back to their hive, climbing trees to take the colony home with him (and frequently being stung in the process)….
In the 1970’s I completed a beekeeping course at technical college under the able direction of Bruce Ward and subsequently began actually keeping bees.
I accumulated a number of 10-frame hives. However, the pressure of professional life meant I gave the hives away.
Now in retirement, I was delighted last spring when a swarm hive settled in my back yard. My rationale was that I didn’t choose to resume bee-keeping; rather the bees had chosen me.
Previously I had seen a segment on television about the invention of the Flow Hive process and checked it out on the web. I opted for the hybrid package, partly because my wife loves honeycomb, and partly because I could use a small bit of my previously acquired equipment, the steam-heated comb knives, the Flow Hive had made unnecessary.
The Flow Hive process provides for caring beekeeping, with minimal trauma to bees and beekeeper. It eliminates the need for costly extractors, wax knives, embedding boards etc. In summary, I am delighted with my Flow Hive experience.
- Ian H.
Weston ACT Australia
Beekeepers over honey producersI am a second generation...
- Jolaina H. Grande Prairie, AB Canada Read Full Story
Beekeepers over honey producers
I am a second generation beekeeper and grew up on a large scale certified organic commercial bee farm.
I spent every summer working in the extracting room with my dad and whoever we could get to help us out. Long days of hot, hard, back-breaking work!
We sold everything when I was in high school as it got to be too much work. I always missed the bees and knew I would run my own hives when I could.
That time finally came when my husband and I moved onto an acreage 4 years ago.
The goal of the new Bee operation was to make it as simple and seamless as possible for maximum enjoyment! And to first and foremost be beekeepers over honey producers!
But let me tell you the honey did flow! And with such a huge surplus of honey, I had to build my brand and markets!!
People have responded so well that I now sell out every year but am unable to run more hives as my dad and I cannot physically do it.
Until Flow Hive ?
This new technology fits in so perfectly with our vision. Not only is going to reduce the labour but be gentler on the bees and hopefully in a few years as we build up to run more hives!
My dad and I are so thrilled. We can't wait to see the difference it is going to make.
- Jolaina H.
Grande Prairie, AB Canada
Precious memories rediscoveredAs a kid, one of my...
- Pattie A. Umina Beach, NSW AUS Read Full Story
Precious memories rediscovered
As a kid, one of my precious memories was watching my Uncle extract honey from the hives in our backyard.
Straight from the hive to our little mouths, we would devour this liquid gold and laugh as we chewed on the honeycomb.
This fascination with bees has therefore always been with me, so I jumped at the chance to set up my own hive when I discovered the wonderful Honey Flow system.
The journey of becoming a beekeeper has been a captivating and rewarding one.
From learning to use the smoker to watching in wonder, bees alternating from one flight path to another when a new discovery of pollen has been made. Most satisfying has been learning how to successfully keep those little hive beetles and moths away from MY precious bees.
As for the Queen and her protective brood, well they are just simply mesmerising.
Watching her newly born babies acquire their navigational skills is fascinating.
So after our very first successful harvest recently, the end result is SEA BEEZ Honey. A sweet & smooth blend of native and Paperbark flavours from Umina Beach NSW.
The name comes from the street I live in, Sea Street.
- Pattie A.
Umina Beach NSW AUS