I’m looking forward to watching this episode of ‘Australian Story’ on the inventors of FlowHive. I’ve been watching FlowHive closely since it first hit the net and subsequently exploded across the world with its ridiculously successful crowdfunding campaign. I have been lusting after a FlowHive since the beginning but haven’t been able to afford one. I’m actually kinda glad now because what it has made me do is read and research about bees and beekeeping and not jump into it without truly understanding what it is all about.
There are many dissenters and many, many fans of FlowHive it seems to me. A blog and organisation I respect, Milkwood Permaculture, is not a fan. They actively and vocally warn against FlowHive essentially suggesting it’s not good for the bees nor the hive as a super-organism. They advocate natural beekeeping using a warre hive. I don’t wish to weigh into the debate because I just don’t know enough about it. But what I will say is that FlowHive, if nothing else, has brought beekeeping and the plight of bees generally into the public consciousness like nothing else I’ve read about lately. As an avid organic gardener, permaculturalist and hopefully, future beekeeper, I think that can only be a good thing. I find it a thrilling but daunting prospect and I think FlowHive has made beekeeping so much more accessible to people like me.
The other obvious point is that our bees are under extreme threat worldwide and anything that encourages more people to keep, nurture and protect bees the better. We need more bees. It’s that simple.