Welcome to Spikenard Farm
Honeybee Sanctuary

  • Seven NUCs on porch.
    It takes a village ...
  • Alex inspects a frame in the NUC from Susan's first swarm.
    Alex inspects a frame from Susan's first swarm.
  • A happy, healthy frame with brood.
    A happy, healthy frame with brood.
  • The honeybees are busy gathering pollen.
  • Lots of pollen coming in to the hive.
  • The stems of last year's plants make for nice landing spots in the bee pond.
  • Honeybees visiting the basket willow.
  • Honeybee gathering pollen on the basket willow.
  • The black willow is buzzing with bees.
  • Close up of black willow and honeybee.
  • The Hellebore is an early source of food for the honeybees.
  • The honeybees enjoy visiting the pussy willows.
  • Snow Drops are another early source of food for the bees.
  • The beautiful red pollen the bees are bringing in is from the spotted dead nettle.
  • Meet Clover and Honey, the newest additions to our farm.
  • Clover recently gave birth to two healthy babies.
  • Honey and one of her two babies.

“More than we can imagine depends on our ability to turn the crisis into an opportunity for change.”  – Gunther Hauk

What is a Honeybee Sanctuary?

A sanctuary is a place that wholly supports the health and positive transformation of the being for whom the sanctuary is created. Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary was founded in 2006 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to support the honeybees through the current crisis, but it also serves the needs of nature-deprived humans as well. These two crises are as inseparable as bees and flowers, and we cannot correctly address the honeybee crisis without also addressing the needs of their caretakers.

Humans have a relationship with the honeybee that is as old as the honeybee—this domesticated animal is in dire need of humans who can understand her needs and can support her with appropriate beekeeping and land-management practices. In creating a landscape where the honeybee can thrive, filled with the fragrance and beauty of abundant flowers, we’ve also been able to synergize aesthetic, sustainable, and biodynamic land management practices which nourish the spirit of all who visit us.

Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary is a place of healing, beauty, reflection, learning and inspiration. Visit us for a Workshop, an Event, our Open Days, or to volunteer. We welcome you to join us in this journey towards saving the honeybee.

All donations are fully tax-deductible and enable us to carry on this work for the bees, for the paradigm shift that alone secures a better future.

Related Keywords: Natural Beekeeping, Biodynamic Beekeeping, Sustainable Beekeeping, Holistic Beekeeping, Alternative Beekeeping, Bee-centric Beekeeping, Organic Beekeeping, Pollinator Habitat, Honeybee Forage