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Causes: Animal Husbandry, Animals, Botanical, Horticultural & Landscape Services, Environment, Environmental Beautification, Food, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Our mission is to promote sustainable and biodynamic beekeeping through education, research and the development of a honeybee sanctuary where people can experience the healing of the land, the honeybees, and ultimately the human being. We work to create a biodynamically invigorated landscape in which people, plants and animals create the necessary sheaths of protection and care for all. It is our deep commitment to understand, protect and care for this magnificent, love-imbued, but very vulnerable creature that is so close to us as human beings.

Target demographics: the honeybees and their keepers to thrive

Direct beneficiaries per year: The honeybees, native pollinators, local visitors, beekeepers, 'wanna-bees', school children, and more!

Geographic areas served: Local, National, and International

Programs: Tours, classes, retreats, workshops, local/national/international talks, webinars, writing.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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
wholesome way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Gigi D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A conservationist's dream come true! Beautiful venue, dedicated and knowledgeable people, fabulous horticulture-all promoting, fostering and sustaining the honeybee.

Courtney75

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beautiful, spiritual place dedicated not only to the health of honeybees, but to educating and helping to heal the world as a whole. I participated in the week long work study and left with a desire to share everything I had learned.