Since 2006, beekeepers have been losing up to thirty percent of their bees each year; sometimes even more. Â This is a frightening statistic considering the essential role bees play in agricultural production. This sudden disappearance of bee colonies is known as â€œcolony collapse disorderâ€. Many reasons have been sited for this; including viruses, loss of habitat and the use of pesticides.
But itâ€™s not ALL doom and gloom! Beekeeping is gaining momentum. Individuals with gardens are reaping the benefits of having the pollinators nearby and urban beekeeping is becoming more popular and easy to do.
A recent invention has made backyard and urban beekeeping even easier! This product is less disruptive to the hive and reduces the likeliness of being stung. The Flow Hive taps into the beehive and pours honey directly into your honey jars. Check out the video below to see how this awesome device works!
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.