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Cedar Anderson: From humble hippie to multi-millionaire businessman — the man who revolutionised the beehive

What if you spend years quietly tinkering in a shed on your invention, to find you have to take the reins of a multi-million dollar company overnight? As Australian Story discovers, that is the reality for Byron Bay inventor Cedar Anderson, after his beehive invention went gangbusters on a crowdfunding site.


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Local invention helps boost the buzz around beekeeping

The invention of a new type of beehive by a Hunter Valley family is being attributed to helping boost local interest in apiary.

Six months ago, the world's beekeeping industry was sent into overdrive with excitement, when a new type of beehive was unveiled by a Newcastle family.

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The new hives creating buzz for bees

IT’S literally honey on tap.

Flow Hive, a futuristic beehive, has got the industry buzzing at a time when there is a national shortage of honey due to the ongoing drought.

The beehive has been developed by father and son beekeepers Stuart and Cedar Anderson on the North Coast to take the sting out of harvesting bees.

Cedar said it was the first honey device that had been introduced since 1852 that eliminated smoking bees and dismantling the hive to remove the honey.

“Beekeeping is a family tradition and we thought there had to be a better way of harvesting the honey, which was gentle on the bees and easy for the beekeepers,” Mr Anderson said.

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A Beehive That Takes the Sting Out of the Harvest

Cedar Anderson sometimes drizzles an entire jar’s worth of honey on his food. “Some people call me Pooh Bear,” he says.

To feed his habit, Mr. Anderson, 35, keeps bees in the backyard of his home in Broken Head, a village on Australia’s east coast near Byron Bay in New South Wales. He comes from a family of hobbyist beekeepers.

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Here’s why this beehive from Australia has taken the Internet by storm

Throughout its short lifespan, a bee produces little more than a drop of honey. For that, it’ll fly up to three miles, risking starvation, infectious diseases and attacks from predators. And this is after having made it through a whole laundry list of other important tasks back at the hive.

It’s only fair then that tapping into the bees’ bountiful supply of honey reserves would involve quite a bit of work as well. For beekeepers, this means smoking the hive to calm the bees down, using an air blower to clear away remaining females, slicing off wax cappings from the honeycomb frames, running them through a mechanical extractor and straining out any residual debris. The idea is to minimize disturbance, though bees still often end up getting killed in the process.

Now, there may be a better way. Billed as the world’s first manmade hive designed to deliver “honey on tap,” the Flow Hive allows users to harvest in a matter of minutes, rather than days — simply with the turn of a lever. The final product was a culmination of a decade-long project by inventors Stuart and Cedar Anderson, a father and son team based from Australia.

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Beehive raises record-breaking $10 million

Turns out, lots of people want honey on tap. Nearly 30,000 people have contributed to the Indiegogo campaign for the Flow Hive, making it the most successful crowdfunding operation in the site's history.

Flow Hive has raised just over $10 million, with six days still left to go. The founders were originally trying for $70,000, which it reached in 477 seconds. More than 6,100 people paid $600 for the full hive, which is expected to start shipping in December.

Cedar Anderson and his dad Stuart worked on the concept for the last decade. The family has been keeping bees for generations, and Cedar started his first hive when he was just six years old.

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Beekeepers are buzzing—and grumbling—about the Flow

The most successful fully funded crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo is not for a new smartwatch, video game, or 3D printer. It is for a new way to harvest honey, a potential breakthrough in a practice that has not seen a significant technological advance since 1852, when the Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth patented America's first movable frame beehive.

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Reddit: Ask Me Anything

We are Stuart and Cedar Anderson, the father-son inventing team behind Flow Hive. Our invention makes the honey extraction process easier on the beekeeper and easier on the bees. AMA!

The traditional method of extracting honey is hot, heavy, sticky, time-consuming work that often involves being stung by bees and which requires space and specialised equipment. Over the past 10 years, we've been developing the Flow Hive system which takes nearly all of the work out of extracting honey from beehives.

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How This Futuristic Beehive is Helping Rebuild Vanuatu

Flow Hive, the futuristic beehive that is taking 90 percent of the labor out of beekeeping, and saving honeybees in the process, recently set its sights on saving a new group in danger - the citizens of Vanuatu. The small island nation was recently ravaged by Cyclone Pam, and in 24 hours, the Flow Hive inventors managed to raise nearly $100,000 for rebuilding efforts.

How the heck did they pull this off? It's important to remember that Flow Hive has been something of a crowdfunding miracle. Asking for a modest target goal of $70,000 to get things started in its ownIndigogo campaign, the invention has reached that target 110 times over, with nearly 20,000 experts and amateur beekeepers alike backing the project.

If you're unfamiliar with what Flow Hive is, be sure to check out NWN's in-depth look at the product and campaign here.


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Fundraising Buzz around Oxfam Vanuatu Appeal

Australians continue to find innovative ways to raise donations to help the people of Vanuatu recover from the devastation of Cyclone Pam but one fundraising effort is currently creating a real buzz.

Inventors of crowdfunding success story Flow™ Hive, are raffling off the very first of their revolutionary new beehives to come off the production line in support of Oxfam’s Vanuatu Appeal.

Global interest in this new Australian invention has already seen online sales of the $5 raffle tickets raise more than $80,000 for Oxfam’s Vanuatu Appeal, with tickets still on sale until midnight tomorrow (Saturday 28 March) at

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First honey-on-tap bee hive to help Vanuatu cyclone victims

WOULD you like the own the very first Flow Hive to roll off the production line?

This honey-on-tap invention from father and son duo Cedar and Stuart Anderson, of The Channon, has become a worldwide sensation, raising more than $7 million on crowdfunding website Indiegogo.

But the very first Premium Flow Hive to be built will be raffled to raise money for Oxfam Australia's emergency response in Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Tickets in the raffle cost just $5 and it will be drawn on Saturday.

>> You can by tickets on Flowhives Raffle Creator web page

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FLOW HIVE: Sweet life of invention

How a free range childhood with no TV led to revolutionary invention.

IT'S been a big month for local father-and-son duo, Stuart and Cedar Anderson. Their revolutionary beekeeping invention, the Flow Hive, has taken the world by storm and looks set to become one of the great North Coast success stories.

You could be forgiven for thinking the Flow story is one of overnight success but in reality it's taken three lifetimes for the Andersons to get to where they are today. Third generation beekeeper Cedar ... credits growing up 'free range' in a creative family with giving him the time and the freedom to pursue an innovative life.

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Indiegogo’s new crowdfunding record: $5.3M and counting for a smart beekeeping system

Less than a week after Kickstarter saw the new Pebble smartwatch smash its previous funding record to smithereens, fellow crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has an all-new record to boast about too.

With $5.3 million in the coffers so far and 27 days still remaining, the Flow Hive campaign has now passed the previous record-holder ...

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With $US5.2 million raised, this Australian beehive project is one of the world's biggest crowdfunding successes

Australian inventors Stuart and Cedar Anderson are doing to beehives what Michael Jackson’s Thriller album did for music.

In February theAndersons launched a revolutionary beehive system that lets you to harvest honey on tap without disturbing the hive, on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The father and son team wanted $US70,000. It took just less than eight minutes for to reach their target.

Within three hours they had $US1 million in pledges and pre-sales. Just a day later, it was $US2.18 million ($AU2.8M) and set a record for the most funds raised in a day.

More than 92,000 people have pledged support, raising an average of $US53,000 an hour, with more than 10,000 products ordered.

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PIP COURTNEY, PRESENTER: Still on honey - the launch of a new free-flow beehive in recent weeks has had investors swarming. The Flow Hive was created by two Northern Rivers backyard beekeepers who were determined to find a simpler way to harvest their honey.

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Sunrise (Television) Liquid Gold

An Australian father and son team have invented a new bee hive that is sparking a beekeeping revolution. Stuart and Cedar Anderson explain their Flow Hive that’s causing all the buzz.

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The Anderson Flow™ Hive

For the first time in history honey can be extracted directly from a beehive without opening the hive and with minimal disturbance of the bees using a radical new honeycomb frame design.

A father/son inventing team, Stuart and Cedar Anderson from Northern NSW have developed the innovative "Flow™” hive and have been successfully field testing it for three years. They have given prototypes out to a number of amateur and professional beekeepers in Australia and overseas who have also proved that the system works.

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Inventive beehive creating buzz on internet, raises more than $4 million on crowdfunding page

A new invention is creating quite the buzz on the internet. Pun intended.

The creators of this beehive say it’s the most significant beekeeping innovation in decades. They claim the beehive called Flow allows people to harvest honey without opening the hive and severely disturbing the bees.

It’s basically a frame of partially formed honeycomb cells that the bees fill with honey and cap off. When you turn the crank, it apparently separates the cells into channels that help the honey to flow down and out.

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New Beehive Lets Honey Be Harvested Without Disturbing Bees

Beehive technology has changed little in centuries, but an Australian father and son believe they have a better way, and it's getting a lot of people excited. Besides enabling many individuals to harvest their own honey, the idea may play a role in fighting the problems that plague bee populations.
Bees tend to be rather protective of the food stores they have put so much energy into producing. To avoid being stung, apiarists wear protective suits, put on visors, and use smoke to reduce the likelihood of attacks. Once done, there is still the matter of removing wax and dead bees. All of which makes the whole idea too much hard work for the average backyard gardener.

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FlowHive a gadget for beekeepers sets a new crowdfunding record for Indiegogo

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has been abuzz about the Flow Hive, an invention that aims to help beekeepers better harvest honey.

Launched on Sunday, the campaign reached its goal of $70,000 within the first eight minutes, and the donations kept pouring in, hitting a record-breaking $2.18 million in the first 24 hours. Now, with 40 days left to go, funders have pledged more than $2.9 million.

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Pebble Time Vs. Flow Hive: Kickstarter, Indiegogo Projects Break Records

Crowdfunding has long been touted as “the next big thing” and this week we have more evidence of that trend.

Both Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the two biggest crowdfunding sites, had record-breaking campaigns launch this week. Kickstarter has gotten most of the attention for Pebble Time, a smart watch sequel project that comes in advance of the Apple Watch’s much-anticipated launch, while honey harvesting technology Flow Hive also scored millions of dollars on Indiegogo…
...Meanwhile, over on Indiegogo, another project was breaking records. Flow Hive, a technological system for harvesting honey from bee hives more efficiently (and without all the pesky bee stings) launched on Sunday and reached its $70,000 goal in just 8 minutes. Flow Hive’s first day intake was $2.18 million, a record on Indiegogo.

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Australian Start-Up Raises 2.5 Million In Three Days Through Crowd-Funding

An Australian father-son duo plans to change the way honey is harvested. The team of two now has millions to realise their plans.

All Stuart and Cedar Anderson asked from their fundraising campaign was $70,000. While this was not a small amount to raise through crowd-funding, what followed their pledge was no short of a fairy-tale. When last checked, their project hascollected $2,697,413 from 6,839 funders. The Indiegogo campaign started on Feb 22 and still has 40 days left.

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Sweet! Flow Hive collects honey at the turn of a tap

New beehive makes collecting honey as easy as turning on a tap and letting the sweet liquid gold flow.

I have a lot of friends with backyard beehives. I've watched the busy workers through little windows and seen a "bee vacuum" in action to collect a renegade hive. A lot of work goes into maintaining bees and harvesting honey. The bees aren't thrilled about the honey-collection process and the humans generally end up with a few stings.

The Flow Hive, a new beehive design, intends to make gathering honey a low-stress proposition for both beekeepers and their flying friends.


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Beehive revolution: Honey, just twist the tap

It sounds too good to be true - honey direct from the hive with just the twist of a tap.

In Canberra on Monday an Australian father and son team of inventors will reveal to the world an ingenious design they hope will spark a backyard beekeeping revolution.

Sick of smoking their bees and dismantling hives to retrieve honey, Cedar Anderson and his father, Stuart, began working on a more efficient beehive design a decade ago from their home on the NSW north coast. After years of building and testing prototypes they are about launch a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to bring the system into full production.

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Big buzz for Flow Hive opportunity for honey on tap

A POTENTIALLY game-changing invention that could allow everyday Australians to get honey from a tap in their backyard has researchers at the University of Newcastle whispering the word ‘‘revolutionary’’.

Flow Hive, the brainchild of father and son duo Stuart and Cedar Anderson, both from the NSW north coast, is a simple idea with big implications.

In short, it’s honey from a tap.

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