Americana Hives are made in the USA by the local Amish Community in an area upstate NY, a better place to live.
The Amish, a culture within our society that believes and lives a much different way of life than you reading this on your phone, tablet or computer. Simple, basic and sustainable is how they live.
The Amish to me were only the people who road around in horse drawn buggies. More of a site to see than anything else, they were always giving a friendly wave as I zoomed by them in my truck or car, but speaking with them or any interaction never happened until I started beekeeping. Carl introduced me to his hive builders, a father and son team, Johnathan and Samuel. From there with the help of the Amish the Americana Hiving Systems was built on improving the Slovenian Hive design and putting my own ideas in building NUC boxes.
I have learned that Amish is a religion, meaning that Amish is the identifier of their religion, just no different than being a Christian or of the Jewish faith.
Being Amish is a more challenging way of life, limited with regard to the technology they use. All of you reading this would wonder in amazement how they can live without a car, truck, phone, a computer or even a TV. Their children go to schools local to them by walking, no electricity, no running water no buses and they heat their living spaces in the winter with wood. Wood that is cut, split and moved by hand, no chain saws or hydraulic splitters.
The only “modern technology” some of them do use the internal combustion motor to drive pumps for water and their machines like metal and wood working equipment, also some farm equipment that is gas powered functions yet is still drawn by horses.
On this next picture, zoom in on it, look closely at the barn. That barn had burned down 4 days ago. Every Amish man in the local community dropped what they were doing (including my hive maker) and turned out to help..
I learned a lot that day about the human condition and the power of community. Again look at this amazement of humanity realize that no phones nor motorized vehicles were used by the Amish to accomplish this feat. Only the saw mills that cut the lumber used engines to drive them. Everything else was done by horse and buggy and raw manpower.
These pictures show my hive builders saw mill from its first days in the open to getting a sheds roof over the top
Thank you for stopping by and catching a look at another way, an easier way to care for bees. Beekeeping is difficult enough without the physical strain of lifting heavy boxes of brood, bees and honey. The Americana Hiving System is so easy you can keep bees sitting down.