Saving the honeybee one beekeeper at a time!

by Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary Vetted since 2013


Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary is raising funds for scholarships, children's programs, and new workshops so that more and more individuals can learn methods of sustainable beekeeping that contribute towards saving the honeybee. While most blame collapsing honeybee populations on pesticide companies, lack of habitat, and invasive parasites, we recognize that if we, as beekeepers, do not change our ways, our children are likely to grow up in a world without bees, without flowers, without fruits.

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The honeybees are in crisis. As Spikenard's founder, Gunther Hauk, says, "The honeybee is akin to a patient in the emergency room." Colony losses are as high as they have ever been, and more and more professional beekeepers going bankrupt because of it. For over 100 years, the bees have been exposed to harsh chemicals and exploited for their production of honey and for their excellent pollination, but this comes at a cost: the very existence of the honeybee is in jeopardy worldwide.


At Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary, we have created a place where the honeybee can regain her strength. We are practically focused on saving the honeybee through the teaching of sustainable beekeeping practices. Our excellent success and keeping healthy and thriving bees and 40+ years of biodynamic beekeeping experience, has allowed us to awaken both new and experienced beekeepers to the changes we need to address the current crisis.

Long-Term Impact

Each year, our classes, workshops, outreach, and speaking engagements reach over 4,000 people both nationally and internationally. More and more people are looking for a new way forward--we simply have no other choice but to work and grow together!


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Spikenard featured in Queen of the Sun
Spikenard featured in Vanshing of the Bees

Organization Information

Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary

Location: Floyd, VA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Spikenard Farm
Project Leader:
Alex Tuchman
Floyd, VA United States
$2,913 raised of $20,000 goal
103 donations
$17,087 to go
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