Whoa, still a touchy subject I see. I put a smiley after my post and everything. Dawn_SD got it.
Saved them from spending $700.00 plus the equipment they’d need to still manage bees when not harvesting, on an impulse buy, because they were infatuated with a video.
I see it many times in my 4-H bee club: Parents enroll their children into the club, not really for the children, but to live out their own infatuation. I’m ok with it because who knows, the kids may actually take interest. The parent(s) tell me all about the new invention they’d discovered (Flow) and how with this, beekeeping is now “for them”. All it takes is a few hot summer days at the 4-H bee yard and they’ve headed for the hills. After a few missed meetings, they say, “beekeeping is just not for us”. I get the same things here at my farm., some stick with it, many don’t.
You see, I saved them: Over $700.00 4-H was free, their bee suit was free, and all equipment was free…to them.
Now, I support the Flow to the nay-sayers at my state bee club when I’m in front of experienced beekeepers. If there is one thing I’m against, it’s a closed mind. I know it works as advertised, well almost, and there is no reason for these experienced keeps to “down” it, aside from the expense. It’s a great device for someone that knows they love beekeeping.
Do I have one? No, but a few members from our bee club do and we get to come to their yard and play with it.
Will I have one? Probably not: Our honey and bee product business has really taken off. My crazy “all organic” “no plastics” “nature freak” customers want comb honey, or honey from fresh wax and stored in glass bottles. If they saw honey stored in plastic combs they’d organize a march, start a #notmyhoney, and run to their safe space lol.
It would save me some time though, but I love the added work on my farm and with the bees.
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Theodore Roosevelt