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Oh, that controversial Flow™ Hive

We have posted about the Flow™ Hive in the past. We are trying to not be overly skeptical, because we welcome innovative thinking in the world of beekeeping, but this article points out some of the concerns many of us are having both with the concept and the marketing of the technology.

This article: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/04/14/dont-go-flow-go-wax-few-word-saving-bees-and-us
The Flow™ Hive Indiegogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flow-hive-honey-on-tap-directly-from-your-beehive

1. They market it is a means to reduce disturbance of the bees. This is a feel-good red herring. It implies that without honey harvesting, the bees are hardly disturbed as they go about their business. As any beekeeper will tell you, if you are "keeping" (read: caring for) your bees properly, you will be disturbing them from time to time. The disturbance associated with harvesting the honey is merely one of those times.

2. As the article points out there is a larger story of industrialization and automation associated to this innovation. Historically, beekeeping doesn't lend itself to industrialization. This has been a blessing for honey bees. There have been innovations that have improved automation of all the elements surrounding actually keeping the bees, but beekeeping itself is largely unchanged from what it has been for over 150 years. Conversely, the rest of agriculture has been utterly industrialized, and the results have been disastrous. The side-effects have also been disastrous for honey bees. This is not even a controversial position. So, with the Flow™ Hive, we get a bit nervous about industrialization crossing that boundary and into the hive itself.

The attached article nicely summaries some of these and other concerns. All that being said, we are still reserving judgment to see how this all pans out, but at the moment, we are not the most optimistic. This is not helped by the fact that the marketing is a smidge disingenuous. We'll see. Maybe this is the greatest innovation since hives were redesigned after the discovery of "beespace" (google it). Maybe in 5 years all of our hives will be outfitted with this technology. But today we (and many other beekeepers) remain skeptical.
Over the past several years there's been a steadily growing awareness that a problem exists with our honeybee populations. Although not quite a household term, what has been called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has evoked enough concern that a chorus of observers have suggested in various ways that if honeybees go the way of the dodo bird, so do humans.
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Our friends at Just Bee Apiaries featured in this article.
http://www.justbeenc.com/
A canvas tarp protected the elegant carpeting of the Carolina Inn’s North Parlor Thursday morning as employees painted wooden boxes that will house the inn’s starter bee colonies.
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...as children scream

What a headline! Ha! Though, can you imagine the chaos? I wonder if the secret service has a game-plan for kids + bees. :) The President gets extra points for making light of it in an attempt to keep the kids calm. And, the pres. said it himself! "Bees are good!" So much for an actual reading of the book. Fun video.
It might have been the White House Easter Egg Roll, but it was bees — not bunnies — that stole the show on Monday. As President Barack Obama started reading Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” during the annual Easter Egg Roll event (as is tradition), kids began to make noise as bees buzzed nearby. “Oh no,...
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He should go after his cronies at Monsanto if he really believes bees are good.
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On a whim, I (Todd) bought Blueberry Bushes on clearance from Wal-Mart. Whereas one would think they are getting 5 varieties, looking at their scientific nomenclatures,  really we are getting 2 varietals, but 5 strains of some sort. 4 of the 5 are highbush varieties, which don't do so well in the South (so why do they sell them!?!) and 1 is Rabbit-Eye ... which does do well.

I bought them on a whim, and we'll see what happens. :)

So, word to the wise... do a bit of research before flinging money at something. Or... just take a chance. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_virgatum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_corymbosum
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Yeah, at our old home we found out that the birds would wait and wait... just like we would, until the berries were just right... then wipe them out. Heh. Bird-netting helps. :)
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3 lb. Packages - May 3rd (Pickup only)

It's that time of year again! We are once again getting ready to haul in a bunch of packages for all you local folks. 

If you are still in need (or now in need, after this last really cold spell), please click the link to order your package today, while supplies last. 

Once we are a week out from the pickup date (which is May 3rd, barring any unforeseen weather delays), we will email you with instructions on pickup times and of course, directions (WE HAVE MOVED - so don't go to the same place as last year).

Thank you, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask! Here, or from our "contact us" page on the website. 
IMPORTANT: Read the additional notes below about taxes and shipping Onsite Pickup Only! Bees must be pre-ordered and pre-paid Pickup date / Location: May 3rd, 2015 10am-3pm on site at The Carolina Bee Company location.
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Imidacloprid in the clear? No, not even close, but it is not as  dangerous (in isolation) as we thought. Read on...

Uh oh! Conflicting data coming in from a new study! But it is good to know that if Imidacloprid is the only stressor and contaminant, the bees seem to be able to shrug it off. But as the article quotes...

"This paper says no, it’s not the sole cause [for bee decline]. It contributes, but there is a bigger picture."

So, no one is saying that these pesticides are "safe".

And here's an important comment about the limits of this study...

"They weren't exposed to additional real-world stressors such as malnourishment or multiple pesticides."

And finally, for all the attention the bees have been getting...

"A lot of attention has been paid to neonicotinoids, but there isn't a lot of field data" -- Science is hard, expensive, and slow.

#Science #Imidacloprid #bees #CCD #neonicotinoid #pesticides #bigag #Monsanto
Honey bee colony declines are a major threat worldwide. Among the lineup of possible causes -- including parasites, disease, climate stress, and malnutrition -- many have pointed the finger squarel...
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GM is a bandade on bullet wound. It just creates more problems and encourages the idea that all of the crops should be manufactured having the same genes, which by definition leaves them extremely vulnerable to being wiped out. Wheat that is roundup resistant has increased yield when sprayed, so they spray the crops with it in north america and we get flour with traces of roundup thanks to Monsanto recommendations and GM. I don't want roundup in my bread and i don't want GM bees. 
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Last Stand

This photo comes from one of our top-bar hives. Unfortunately, these bees were the last pocket of bees in this hive and died as you see them. We had significant losses this year. Most, we think were due to the extreme swings of weather that we encountered, of course exasperated by all the other issues honey bees are struggling with now a'days.

Note: There was a queen in this cluster, unfortunately I (Todd) tripped and she went flying into the grass somewhere prior to the photo being taken. Alas.
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I'm sorry to hear that. I am now having to move a hive in my front yard due to my neighbors. So sad. I love my bees. 
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You know that blanket of yellow pollen on all of your cars, deck, and just about everything this time of year? This is where it comes from.
#PinePollen #Pollen  
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Monica took this great photo a month ago of the farmhouse. We have another night or two of cold weather, but let's hope Winter is solidly behind us.
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Let's hope!
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Folks championing #Rabbit   processing facility in #Pittsboro NC.
Which is close to us. And we love rabbit. And may raise some ourselves some day.
A new generation of farmers is trying to reintroduce this tasty yet oh-so-adorable animal to our tables.
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In honor of #WorldPoetryDay  (and #bees ), we offer you a snippet of Emily Dickinson...

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee
    One clover, and a bee,
        And revery.

http://www.carolinabees.com/info/quotes/
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The poet and environmental activist recommends inspiring works about how to interact with the land
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