Surprisingly, I have two different bee-keeper friends. I’ve been thinking about ways to help them out with Geordi (my Glowforge). I was thinking wood placards for their honey jars or maybe etching the jars directly for them. Well see!
It always makes me happy to see Bee-Keepers in the US.
It is so easy for us here to keep bees alive as Australia is the last Continent to be safe from Veroa Destructor, though Climate Change is bringing large enough swarms of Small Hive Beetle that some people are losing entire hives to them.
The challenge to keeps enough hives alive to avoid total collapse in the USA is an immense struggle. Each hobbiest that helps out is doing a great service to their Continent and environment.
Yup anything in the Borage family is a high-value target for bees.
I also plant a lot of Sunflowers for them but sunflower pollen makes honey that crystallises quickly.
If you are interested i am one of the original backers of the FlowHive system and have FlowHives on both my hives. Here is a harvest in progress. I can generally get 1.5-2kg of honey from a FlowFrame in just 15min (on a warm day) with no disruption or stress to the hive. It is an amazing system. Even more amazing is that within 30min of closing the frame up the bees are already starting to restock the cells.
Oh, you have no idea. To harvest 4 frames of capped honey used to be 6 long messy hours for 2 people. The bees would be so pissed off by the end of it and so much honey was wasted that it was sad. I would end up with around 7kg of honey from all this.
To harvest the same amount from the Flowhive means 1hour; no mess, no stressed bees (but also no left over wax for us but i am willing to lose that for all the other benefits). I don’t even have to bother suiting up as the bees barely know you are there. The FH pipe goes straight into the storage container, the honey has no wax, no residue.
It is an ABSOLUTE game changer and i highly recommend looking at the product
My wife is a data coach at Explorer Academy, it’s a hands on learning school. They built the school with pipes and wiring exposed and this year purchased a flowhive to do bea keeping with the kids. Last year they opened a small garden area for the kids to plant in.
Definitely agree that bees have gotten a bad wrap, especially with kids. I spend most of my time outdoors in the spring, summer, and fall. As far as I can remember I have been stung 2 times. One on the lip from a pop can and one on the foot when I stepped on a hornet with flip flops on. I try to tell my daughter that they don’t want to sting but it’s engrained in her to run and swat lol
The problem is that people do not realise bees have compound eyes… movement is what they see best.
To a bee: waving your hands in a shooing motion just makes you look bigger and potentially more of a threat than before.
I train my kids and friends to just stand still when a bee is close and making the ‘back off’ buzz… Unless you are an extreme diabetic with pure sugar for blood there is nothing you got that they want and they will leave you alone very fast.