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My friend Cathie from Brisbane Local Food demonstrates how she harvests honey from her flow hive. Sorry about the terrible mobile phone footage - I got caught without my camera.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 25, 2017 at 22:39

When we go viral, I'll share the millions Cathie!  LOL. 

Comment by Cathie MacLean on July 25, 2017 at 20:30
Nope, no rehearsing Lissa. Just felt like I was in front of a classroom of eager students. They were so kind and attentive!
Comment by Lissa on July 25, 2017 at 17:42

And Cathie - you were great with your narrative. Just like you had rehearsed :)

Comment by Lissa on July 25, 2017 at 17:41

When I harvested from the Top Bar it was a lot more invasive. Bees would be "involved" in the process and in the early days of learning, many killed. This is so much more humane. I appreciate that the hive still needs to be monitored and checked but it is way less invasive a method.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on July 25, 2017 at 8:04

Thanks Andy, great filming, just love the video, Cathie you are a star. Thanks so much for sharing..

Comment by Cathie MacLean on July 25, 2017 at 7:11
Thanks Andy for filming this. Bit hard to watch myself on camera but it's great to have a record of the harvest. BTW to answer Graham's question in the video ' is it harder to open the cells in winter?' , not really, but I have found the flow of honey is much slower . The first three harvests were in warmer weather and each frame drained in about 20 minutes. This time I let it drain for two hours (going about my business doing other things and with plastic wrap around the tube and top of jar in case any bees came to investigate). One frame fills that gallon jar just a little over halfway so 2 litres which weighs in at approximately 3kgs.
I do want to add that the nectar flow has been good all winter here in sub-tropical Brisbane and the bees have plenty of stores in the brood box and the rest of the frames in the flow box are loaded with honey so anyone visiting BLF from a colder climate need not be concerned about me taking honey in winter.
Comment by Lissa on July 25, 2017 at 5:03

Brilliant - thank you for sharing this Cathie. There's nothing like having an actual display to come back to for instruction. Looking forward to the day when I can own one of these.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 24, 2017 at 22:43

All the cred for this one is Cathie's.  I just pointed my phone. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 24, 2017 at 21:39
Very cool! Good to see a real backyard beekeeper rather than just a promo. Thanks Cathie and Andy and the bee girls.

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