There’s still time to sign up for our wonderful 2.5 day course on Biodynamic farming and gardening!
This workshop will give both beginners and experienced farmers a solid basis for understanding the major ideas and principles of Biodynamic Agriculture. Biodynamics is practiced on millions of acres in all climates for the best possible nutritional results as well as for the step that needs to be taken to go toward a thriving farm or garden organism. To learn the spiritual foundation for a necessary renewal of agriculture is the call of our time. Come and join biodynamic practitioner and teacher Gunther Hauk as he shares with us over 40 years of experience.
Click HERE for more information and registration.
Check out the recent story by Channel 7 News on the Sanctuary:
WDBJ 7 News Clip
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!
A form of health
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.
Check out our beautiful flowers and other products for SALE!
Hope to see you soon!
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