Flow hive breaks crowdfunding records


The Flow Hive indiegogo campaign is now the most successful crowdfunding venture ever launched outside the U.S., with contributions from 116 countries.
Soon to reach the $5 million milestone, the campaign still has a month to go. In dollar value, the U.S. has made by far the biggest contribution, followed by Australia, Canada and the U.K. On the bottom end of the scale, Ukraine has come through with one dollar; two each from Estonia and Serbia and five dollars from Rwanda.

Father-and-son team Stuart and Cedar Anderson are thrilled (and a little shocked) by the response. 

CEDAR, 34: “It’s been overwhelming.” 

“It’s great not only for Flow, but it shows just how much love there is for bees out there, which is really gratifying, ’cos we love them too. That’s really what the Flow Hive is all about.”
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STUART, 60: “We’re just so grateful for all the support,” Stuart said.

“The aim of this has always been to make things less stressful for the bees and easier on the beekeeper. Now things are on a much bigger scale.''

“We’re working hard right now to make sure we fulfil our commitments to our Indiegogo supporters as quickly as possible.”
 
“There’s a lot to do, but we’re completely confident that we will meet our pledge as our supporters have met theirs.”

What is the Flow Hive?

The Flow Hive takes the hard work out of harvesting honey – and makes it a lot less stressful for the bees.

Flow Hive eliminates the need to smoke the bees, dismantle the hive, remove the honeycombs and harvest the honey with a centrifugal extractor. Instead, with the turn of a lever, the honeycomb cells open and the honey drains down to a pipe at the back of the hive, directly into a drum or jar.

The bees are virtually undisturbed as the honey drains out from beneath their feet. When the lever is turned back, the honeycomb cells are reset and ready to be refilled with honey.

The Flow Hives save almost all the labour involved in honey extraction. The beekeeper doesn’t even need to be there as the honey drains, but can start the process and return an hour or so later to collect the honey. There is also the potential for remotely activated or automatic honey extraction.

The Flow Hive Frames are designed to fit conventional beehives and have clear ends creating a viewing window so beekeepers can see when the comb is full and check the bees are healthy and

“Traditional extraction of honey is very time consuming and sometimes backyard beekeepers neglect to harvest their honey because they just don’t have the time for all the work involved,” Stuart said.

“This system changes that. We hope it will attract young people and those in urban and suburban areas to take up beekeeping and, in turn, increase the bee population around the world.”

For further information visit www.honeyflow.com

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