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Principles & Practices of Biodynamic Beekeeping Part One: Getting Started

March 16, 2018 : 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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One event on March 17, 2018 at 8:30 am

$75 – $145

Date: Friday & Saturday, March 16-17 2018
Time: Friday: 8:30am Registration opens; class begins 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location:Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, 401 Hideaway Lane, Floyd VA

Spikenard’s basic class in biodynamic/sustainable beekeeping methods. This two day workshop will offer in-depth advice for those who want to have bees and for those who had bees and want to start again.

Participants will learn about the Honeybee as a creative and life-supporting insect and about beekeeping methods that honor her very own needs. We will look at the evolution of beekeeping practices culminating in the present challenges the bees and beekeepers face. Understanding and learning ways and means to overcome the present crisis will be at the core of this workshop. We have to become active for the future of the honeybee worldwide!

Our approach to beekeeping honors the true nature of the honeybee and supports her health and vitality above all else. In beginning to understand the basis for honeybee health, participants will come away with the basic framework and knowledge to begin their journey as a beekeeper. This workshop covers what you need to know for your first steps in keeping bees.

Day one topics include:

  • The honey bee in our times: a brief review of honeybee history
  • Introduction to different hive types
  • Important tools and equipment
  • Components of a colony and their function within the hive
  • Guidance for the first steps in beekeeping, troubleshooting

Day two topics include:

  • Pros and cons of different hive forms and materials
  • The importance of swarming for the health of the colony
  • The vital importance of having naturally raised, not grafted queens
  • Natural wax comb–working without foundations
  • Selecting best bee forage


Cost one day:  $75.
Both days: $145.


March 16, 2018
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
$75 – $145
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