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Introduction to Biodynamic and Sustainable Beekeeping (Pre-Conference)

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 -
1:00pm to 6:00pm


Event Description

Featuring Gunther Hauk, Spikenard Farm and Honeybee Sanctuary

The question "How much honey do you get from your bees?" urgently needs to be revised into "What do the honeybees need to become and stay strong?" Their present loss in vitality is not only caused by conventional agricultural practices with their monocultures and poisons, but also by the attempt to make beekeeping as profitable as possible which has driven and shaped our practices for over 100 years.
Join renowned biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk to gain insight into the need to change our basic paradigm in beekeeping, and to understand naturally occurring processes and phenomena in the colony that need to be respected and strengthened if we want to let the honeybees regain their health and vitality.
We will begin with a brief overview of beekeeping basics: where did the honeybee originate and where have we taken her. We will then look at the distinct organs of the hive super-organism --  the workers, drones, queen and the wax -- to give us direction in supporting the life-forces of the entire hive. We will discuss the difference between naturally and artificially raised queens, between natural honeycomb and wax/plastic foundations, between honey and sugar/corn syrup, between swarming and its suppression, between the right and the wrong time to make splits. We will also cover topics of mite monitoring and possible treatments, biodynamic measures and medicinal teas.


Monona Terrace
United States