Semi Finalist 24: APIFORM sit-in beekeeping
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Summary of the idea:
Beekeeping is hard work, heavy boxes, long inspections, stinging bees, but it is the most beautiful job in the world. Unfortunately it is not for everyone. Today's beehives are not fit for people in wheelchair. There are many examples of people in wheelchair working with bees, but not without help from other pair of hands to work with them. Our Foundation made a beehive that can be approached and opened from behind, while sitting. The principle is fairly easy, beekeeper is sitting, and all of his/her work is done while sitting in one place. You can inspect, feed, even check your bees without even touching them, thus lowering the stinging. Our Foundation already made this beehive (APIFORM beehive), worked with beekeepers in wheelchair, people with back pain, arthritis, even with children, for research purposes. The idea is formed around a wellknown principle of bee space, and innovations in the world of beekeeping, adding all sorts of improvements to the original design.