Our mission is to promote sustainable and biodynamic beekeeping through education, experience-based research and a honeybee sanctuary and to help restore the health and vitality of the honeybee worldwide.
Our 41 acre sanctuary is located in Floyd, Virginia – surrounded by pastures, forest and an adjacent organic farm – and is home to over 30 honeybee hives. The main apiary, orchard, and vegetable garden are located on 6 acres and we have a 7 acre field planted in perennials and annual bee forage including buckwheat, mustard, phacelia, sunflowers, and clover (sainfoin, sweet, crimson). The remaining 13 acres are undeveloped wooded land. The sanctuary is a biodynamically invigorated landscape in which plants, animals and human beings create the necessary care, protection and healing for all.
Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary was born out of the realization that something had to be done for the honeybees and the Earth to ensure that future generations will witness this marvelous insect, so important to our life and our beautiful planet. The honeybees are much more than pollinators or honey producers. They are part of the complex living organism of the earth and integral to our development as human beings. Our vision is to inspire in young and old not only interest, joy and love, but also a new understanding and awareness for the importance of this magnificent, love-imbued, but very vulnerable creature.
“That which we experience within ourselves only at a time when our hearts develop love is actually the very same thing that is present as a substance in the entire hive. The whole beehive is permeated with life based on love.”
The Spikenard plant (nardostachys jatamansi) originates in the Himalayan Mountains and belongs to the Valerian family. Also known as ‘nard’, it is a source of rich essential oils with an equally rich history. Horace once promised Virgil a whole barrel of his best wine in exchange for a tiny phial of nard, which was a common ingredient in ancient Japanese incense recipes. It stood for centuries as an evocation of the perfume of the lost Garden of Eden, and was the costly ointment with which Mary Magdalena anointed Jesus. Nard oil has strong, warm, musky notes, similar to the aroma of healthy humus. For us, this oil inspires deeds that harmonize the relationship of heaven and earth. A blessing, if this can be achieved for the honeybees!