One of four "Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping" workshops in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
There can be no doubt at this time that we have to look at the real causes of Colony Collapse Disorder. Certainly the environmental factors---GMOs, monocultures, pesticides and insecticides---represent one side of the problem, but our very own modern beekeeping methods cause enough damage to weaken the immune system of the honeybees, making them prone to a host of viruses, bacteria, parasites and beetles.Long before Colony Collapse Disorder, it was clear to a few beekeepers, that our methods, aimed at maximizing honey production and ease of handling, would lead to an increasingly weakened insect.The present crisis is a wake-up call and an opportunity to re-evaluate the long term effects of modern beekeeping. We should learn that mechanization, when applied to the living realm, leads to destruction. In these workshops we will look at every part of beekeeping from the aspect of doing justice to the bees’ own needs so that they can regain their health. Only a deep understanding of this very special being will give us the tools needed for overcoming the crisis.
Fee: $25 (students $15). Please make checks payable to Spikenard Farm. You can pay at registration; in this case please confirm your participation by phone or email so we can plan accordingly.
Presenters: Gunther Hauk has been a teacher, lecturer, biodynamic gardener and beekeeper for 35 years. In 1996 he cofounded the Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY and in 2006 Spikenard Farm, Inc. In these years he gave many workshops on biodynamic and beekeeping topics in 26 states. In his book “Toward Saving the Honeybee” (2002) he calls for a radical change in beekeeping methods.
Vivian Struve-Hauk is an educator, therapist, gardener and beekeeper. She has been carrying the organization’s administrative aspects and co-teaches with Gunther at the Sanctuary. Her artistic sense and healing capacities find expression in the order and beauty developed in the sanctuary.
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