Meet the Spikenard team and Board of Directors, and learn about our organizational history and mission
Letter From Executive Director Alex Tuchman | July 20, 2021
Dear friends of the honeybee and community members,
The Spikenard Farm team is currently in transition, as we grow from the firm foundation that has been laid by our Founders, Gunther Hauk and Vivian Struve-Hauk. This new period of organizational development calls for a fresh look at who we are and who we want to become in the years ahead as we strive to consciously cultivate a heart-based community of social healing. While we intend to dive more deeply into this work once the growing season turns towards winter, it feels appropriate at this time to share a sample of the questions that we are currently carrying:
- How can we continue to develop principles of hospitality and invite others into a consciously cultivated sanctuary—a safe place to heal, connect, learn, and grow?
- How can we remove barriers and invite diversity into our staff, board, and community?
- What is the human and ecological history of this land and how can we assist in healing?
How we answer these and other questions will help our team to clarify and communicate our shared values in a unified way. We envision facilitated meetings, trainings, and plenty of time and space for self-development as we move forward together.
Thank you in advance for your patience and encouragement in this important work!
Here is a brief introduction to our organizational structure and team members. Like worker bees, we do not simply carry one task, but each of us strives to do all that we can in honor of the whole, within our unique and varied strengths. Our staff is called upon by the needs of our times to strive forth; to grow, learn, adapt, and change with the seasons and organizational needs. We endeavor to build a team that works closely together with commitment, respect, and dignity. Flexible cross-pollination between the office and the farm is the ‘propolis’ that holds us together, and we are so thankful to have gifted individuals on both sides—the blessing that makes our organization thrive!
Our Board Of Directors
The vision for Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary first came through Gunther, who had the beekeeping and gardening knowledge and skills to help contribute towards addressing the honeybee crisis, and the gift as a teacher to be able to communicate and share these methods with the world. However, Gunther could not have shared these gifts without an organizational platform, which was created by the talented support of Vivian, who co-founded Spikenard Farm with him and helped the vision of a safe place for the honeybees to manifest on Earth. From when Spikenard Farm was first incorporated in 2006 until they moved up to New York in 2020, Gunther and Vivian gave selflessly in service of the honeybees and were the pioneer visionaries who made all of this possible. May their teachings and creation continue to bloom and grow forevermore!