Spikenard Farm is a treasure. Every time I visit or attend a class I leave inspired and renewed. My first visit was in 2013 for a beekeeping class. I had been searching for many years to find a more holistic way to keep bees and I found what I was looking for at Spikenard Farm. Gunther and Vivian care deeply about the world and bees are their insight into how the natural world functions. They are able to explain concepts and methods in a very understandable way and make you feel like part of the family in the process. I can't wait to go back.
Great non profit organization teaching individuals of all walks of life about essentials of life, ecology and encouraged me to look at the world in a more
I cannot say enough positive things about the spikenard honeybee sanctuary and the people that work there so hard to make it possible! These people, Gunter, Alex, Vivian, and others work so hard each and every day to help teach others about the importance of the preservation of the honeybee, and what they do to better our lives not only as beekeepers, but stewards of life. Without the dedicated people and sanctuaries like spikenard, the honeybee would be in far worse shape today. I highly recommend a visit, workshop, or a simple donation! Much respect, love, and joy for Spikenard sanctuary!
The renewal of my spirit and awakening of my senses in this magical place with the Spikenard mentors were unexpected and priceless gifts. I wish everyone I know could find the time to experience a Spikenard class. It is life changing for the humans that visit, but most importantly, life saving for the honeybees who are loved and protected by this unique sanctuary.
Going to the beginner seminar for beekeeping was a great experience for me. I really love their methodology with the bees and their way of looking at our planet. I really felt that by the end of the day I had grown as a human being and I am so excited about helping the earth by keeping bees. I had a million questions and every one was answered clearly and with patience. I look forward to doing more classes at Spikenard one day and will remember the day I spent with them fondly and with gratitude.
I am relatively new to the area and interested in developing a self-sustaining life style to include gardens, orchards, vineyards and the bees to support the required pollination, not to mention the honey. I attended their introductory course which provided lots of confidence-building information and insight into the project. The staff and their farm are a treasure trove of resources for the beginner. I look forward to attending their top bar class later in the month.
Attended a one-day workshop held in the beginning of March. Both my husband and I are very new to beekeeping, and the speakers were incredibly good, approachable, and made the day very much worthwhile. The content went into much greater detail than I expected (and was very happy for the level of detail, particularly when addressing questions). They covered one particular type of hive to walk us through the course, but explained why and how other hives can be used, along with general pros/cons to consider. The tour was phenomenal, particularly in seeing how different hive types are used and maintained. Overall, a wonderful and informative group!
Spikenard Farms is a remarkable commitment to saving the honeybee. It is a sanctuary and an active learning center for others who may wish to join in this crucial endeavor. The honeybees and their stewards at Spikenard teach us of the wholeness and unity of God's created world. And it informs me of my place among the other of His creations.
Learning of the life and care of the honeybee represents a seamless blend of human aspiration: the laws of biological and physical science, the intangible interconnecting life energies, the spiritual force [God] that has engendered all.
A conservationist's dream come true! Beautiful venue, dedicated and knowledgeable people, fabulous horticulture-all promoting, fostering and sustaining the honeybee.