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With joy and respect for their hard work and dedication to our two year program, we recognize the following individuals who graduated our two year program last week:
Don Miller Janice Zuzov Jamie Sansone Anita Castle Kim O’Donnell Santosh Gupta Laureen Gaston Sarah Shepherd Bonnie Isabelle Bonnie Young Alice Hinman Carolyn Koch Carter Bo Wallace Donna Riley Judith Hammond
Many Blessings to you all on your continued journey forward–may you each be the “sour dough” of your communities, shedding light and truth on the need to care for the bees, the land, and each other.
Check out our recent e-newsletter for more information and to learn about the One Week!
Solis–the name of our beautiful sun hive, has swarmed 4 times already this Spring. Hive forms like the Sun Hive promote reproduction and health through the round form, which allows the bees to keep their warmth, hive scent, and brood nest exactly as they would like it.
Nevertheless, we were worried about Solis last week due to her small amount of flight bees (what is normal after 4 swarms, but still…we worry) and decided to open up and take a look.
To our delight, we began pulling the frames out and saw an absolutely beautiful brood nest and a wonderful new queen! It was such a joy to see how a round hive organizes itself, and how well they rebound in good health after reproducing into so many strong and vibrant swarms.
We were open to the public for 3 days in a row–June 10-12–for the Floyd Artisan Trail Tour, with a wonderful talk on Saturday by Gunther and Alex on the plight of the honeybee.
Check out the EVENTS page to learn more.
Annual Bee Forage on sale for $2.50, as long as supplies last! Click HERE for product purchasing and information.
This wonderful bee forage mix can be planted through the end of June for a beautiful fall bloom.
The mix includes: Bachelor Button, Borage, Calendula, California Poppy, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Holy Basil, and Zinnia.
For those who are interested in working along with us at the Sanctuary, we have now included in our weekly schedule an opportunity to work in the gardens with us, and learn a little bit too!
Volunteer days will be held every Friday that we don’t have classes (see our events calendar) from 1pm-5pm through the month of October.
Please email the office, firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 540.745.2153 if you are interested!
These latest reports, that US beekeepers lost an average of 44% of their colonies from April 2015 – April 2016 is difficult news for all of us. The trend continues from last year, where the yearly losses were 41%, and many of the colonies died in the summer months–a strong indication that colony health is worse than ever.
The main culprit that gets the blame is, once again, the varroa mite. It is undoubtedly the case that if this attitude and mindset of blaming the mite for our sorrows continues, the trend of huge losses and woe will continue as well. Until we take responsibility for our own beekeeping practices and change THEM, this downward spiral will continue. This reality only serves to make the work of biodynamic beekeeping more important.
Please read the article from Bee Culture HERE
This free community event in the Sanctuary is going to be tons of fun! In honor of all the mother’s, both human and honeybee, we invite you to come celebrate with us on Mother’s Day weekend, May 6 & 7.
Plants, Seeds, other Spikenard Products for Sale: 11:00am-5:00pm
——–Huge pollinator plant sale! Lots of annuals, perennials, trees, medicinals, and some nice tomatoes!
Sanctuary Tours: 11:00am-1:00pm and 4:00pm-5:oopm
Lecture; The Plight of the Honeybee and the Female Paradigm Shift: 1:00pm-1:45pm
Live Music and Special Snacks: 2:00pm-4:00pm
———-We’re talkin’ bread, butter, AND honey! And music from Bob Gruber.
Suggested donation in honor of the bees: $10 per person
Our April workshop is a wonderful opportunity to learn the principles and practice of biodynamic beekeeping. If you missed it this year, see if you can join us next year!
Date: Friday & Saturday, April 29 – 30, 2016
Time: Friday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm & Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday class will be held upstairs at The Floyd Country Store, 206 S. Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091
Saturday class will start upstairs at The Floyd Country Store, 206 S. Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091 and will end at the Sanctuary, 401 Hideaway Lane, Floyd VA (weather permitting)
An in-depth introduction to biodynamic/sustainable beekeeping practices.
This workshop is for beginners as well as for practicing beekeepers.
Participants will learn about the Honeybee as a creative and life-supporting insect and about beekeeping methods that honor her very own needs. We will look at the history and evolution of beekeeping practices as well as the present challenges the bees and beekeepers face. We will also explore the current plight of the Honeybee and discuss what can be done for the future. Topics include: