Meet Charles, a successful rooftop beekeeper in Brooklyn, and learn about the advantages and joys of keeping bees in an urban environment. He shares his tips and tricks for starting your own rooftop hive and offers insights into the rewards of urban beekeeping.
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Beekeeping is a wonderfully rewarding activity that puts you in touch with the natural world and allows you a fascinating glimpse into the world of the superorganism that is a bee colony. Caring for bees and harvesting honey directly from your own hive is an unforgettable experience!
Flow’s revolutionary harvesting system lets you taste the specific flavours of your locality by tapping raw pure unheated honey, one frame at a time. Many of our customers tell us that their favourite thing about beekeeping is having honey to share with friends and neighbors.
Did you know that bees from a single hive can pollinate up to 50 million flowers per day? So by becoming a custodian of these winged wonders, you’re giving a pollination boost to the gardens and wildflowers in your area. That’s one of the many perks of keeping bees, and the honey really is just a sweet bonus!
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Building a new home for your bees is an exciting part of your beekeeping journey. It’s best to take your time and ensure that you get your assembly right. Check out our assembly videos here.
It’s important to treat the timber on your hive to give it the best weather protection possible for your climate, especially the roof – it’s the first line of defense against the weather. Read more
The good news is, you can keep a beehive almost anywhere! Especially a Flow Hive, as there is no need for additional processing equipment or for lugging heavy frames full of honey for harvesting. From rooftops to balconies to backyards, it’s now possible to harvest honey directly from your hive.
Beekeepers in New York are required to register their hives with the state and the city, and follow New York City health codes. Beekeepers are expected to adhere to appropriate beekeeping practices, such as providing a constant water source and locating their hives in areas that will not cause a nuisance. The New York City Beekeepers Association has created a code of best practices for keeping bees in the city.
Part of beekeeping is ensuring you’re informed about things that may impact not only your bees but the wider beekeeping community, such as biosecurity.
From staying abreast of any industry news, to registering your hive, to knowing what to look for in terms of pests and diseases, understanding these practices now will set you up for success moving forward!
It is important to understand some basic safety guidelines to ensure that your beekeeping experience is a safe and positive one.