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Welcome to BEEGIN
Beegin started as a University project in 2016 with the goal of developing a system for emergent beekeepers to become fully self-sufficient and keep bees in a more sustainable way. Through intensive participatory research and field testing I developed a an appropriate technology system that is accessible (low-cost & low-tech) and sustainable (economically & environmentally), The system is centred on lightweight-concrete beehives and the moulding tools for producing the hives - appropriating standard Western beekeeping systems. This revolutionary new way of making durable, low-cost, insulating beehives is the answer to so many of the problems facing beekeepers, and I hope it will contribute towards a brighter future in bees.
Help the beekeeper
Beekeepers around the world are struggling to keep up with the rate of colony and equipment loss due to diseases, theft, vandalism, bears, badgers, fires, pests and extreme weather. Meanwhile cheap, adulterated "honey" imports are driving prices down and forcing local beekeepers out of the business. Beegin aims to provide alternative equipment that can withstand the litany of threats and increase the beekeepers yeild, allowing them to grow their businesses.
Help the farmer
Global wild pollinator species have declined severely in the past few decades and farmers are relying increasingly on migratory pollination contracts with beekeepers to gaurentee their annual crop yeilds. However, the practise of transporting bees has increased the mortality rate of bee populations - weakening swarms and spreading diseases. The price of pollination rentals is also climbing at an unsustainbable rate as the bees become harder to replace. Beegin aims to encourage and enable farmers to easily take pollination into their own hands.
Help the poor
Beekeeping offers huge potential for socio-economic development in marginalised communities in both urban and rural areas. Although many organisations promote 'beekeeping for development' success is limited by the viability of the standard equipment and technology. Beegin aims to work with organisations to provide communities with the tools to make durable, low-cost beehives.