Oct 19, 2016

Taking the next big step: The Bee Barn!

Dear friends and supporters,

 

A dream is coming true! 

 

We are now 70% of the way towards our goal of raising $750 K towards the new Bee Barn at Spikenard--a multi-functional building that will serve to expand our educational offerings year-round.  The new educational programs that can now have a foothold are many and varied, but I especially want to highlight the increased capacity to host local schools and childrens programs.  We are already developing curriculum with a local high-school that will send a class to Spikenard every week to gain a more personal relationship with nature.  The Sanctuary is a beautiful place that is ripe for learning, and what better way to invest in our future than having students learn about the birds and the bees with us!

 

Please look into our website and the links included on this page to learn more about the Bee Barn and the exciting buzz that it is generating! 

With gratitude,

Alex

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Jul 22, 2016

The Sanctuary: Where love can thrive on Earth

Natural hive shapes, and natural comb
Natural hive shapes, and natural comb

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 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.

This season, our workshops have been filled with enthusiastic participants who are coming to Spikenard to learn how to manifest a different relationship with nature--one based on love rather than exploitation.  Deriving our methods from a health-based philosophy and a true yearning to understand more and more the complicated and beauteous nature of the honeybee is what has allowed love to truly manifest in the Sanctuary.  With abundant flowers in bloom, we continue to plant and transform the landscape in support of the bees and in support of all the humans who come to visit us. 

Thank you for your interest and continued support of our work!  We are so overwhelmingly grateful for the individuals who recognize the necessity of this work--that it may live and manifest on Earth is truly due to your generous support! 

Please help us again by giving what you can towards our blooming educational programs, allowing students to come for workshops from near and far and then spread this knowledge and enthusiasm across the globe. 

In celebration of swarms--natural reproduction
In celebration of swarms--natural reproduction
We plant the bees favorites-and others come too!
We plant the bees favorites-and others come too!
Visitors, tours, and classes--bee involved!
Visitors, tours, and classes--bee involved!
Apr 26, 2016

Research Without an Agenda - For the Bees!

The Sun Hive
The Sun Hive

To our dear friends and supporters,

This new season has begun with such joy as the dandelions come into full bloom and we can rest assured knowing that our bees have survived yet another winter. 

With all the difficulties the bees are facing around the world, more and more money is pouring into scientific research that is seeking to promote the health of the honeybee.  This is a wonderful trend, but the research is often misguided and set-up to merely put a band-aid over the symptoms rather than truly addressing the root cause of the honeybee decline. 

Your support of Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary helps to fund research that has no agenda--research that is wholly devoted to the health of the bees from the ground up. Our two main research projects the year are:

-Evaluating and experimenting with hive form, shape, and substance: How do different hives promote or lessen the vitality of a honeybee colony?  We now have 8 different hive types at the Sanctuary, including the development of our very own hive type: The Spikenard Hive (see pictured). 

-Evaluating different cultivars and varieties of flowers for their health-giving-quality, their quantity of pollen and nectar, their duration and bloom time.

This research has already, and will continue to provide excellent indications concerning the nature of the honeybees and what we can do to help her heal, grow, and thrive.  We will continue to share the results with the beekeeping community and with our beloved students.

Thanks again for your love and support,

Alex

The Spikenard Hive
The Spikenard Hive
The African Top Bar Hive
The African Top Bar Hive
Catching a natural swarm
Catching a natural swarm
 
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