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Going with the Flow

September 25, 2018

beesWhen I first found out about this incredible piece of innovation about three and a half years ago, I knew immediately that it was perfect for me. I was one of the first to sign up for a Flow Hive when the crowdfunding campaign went live in February 2015, and we added a second hive the following year.

It’s been a steep learning curve, especially when you have to deal with your first swarm! And, like this recent CNET article attests, you can’t be hands off with your Flow Hive.

However, the experience has been amazing. We are producing the beautiful, complex and delicious honey, we’ve got two healthy bee colonies, we’ve caught and supplied new swarms for other beekeepers in the area, and the fruit trees and vegetables in our garden have never been as productive.

In response to the controversies about commercial egg production, we’ve had our own chickens for years, so we know exactly where our eggs are coming from and how our chooks are being treated. Chickens are also a fantastic way to reduce food waste and produce fertiliser for the garden.

explore_honeyNow, we are seeing similar problems with bees and the honey industry. There’s a dangerous decline in the bee population worldwide, which is having a devastating effect on the environment and especially food security. And, partly as a consequence, we’ve just had a “fake” honey scandal erupt involving adulterated samples from some of the big commercial producers.

I was thrilled to be asked by the team at Flow recently to become a Flow Ambassador. My role is to be a local point of contact for people in my region (the Southern Highlands of NSW) who are interested in finding out more about beekeeping and Flow Hive products. It also means that people have access to my referral program, which gives you a discount on Flow products: https://mbsy.co/honeyflow/maungle.

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone with a backyard had their own chooks producing eggs and their own bees producing honey?

Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about keeping bees, or if you’d like to come and have a look at our hives.

 

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