Isn't it simply amazing that no Spring is just like any of the previous ones? The deeper we tune into the subtle activity of nature's rhythms, the more we are challenged and blessed to really become renewed in Spring. This year the burst of green and flowering bushes and trees is as strong as a symphony pouring forth with trumpets and horns, announcing the conquest of the snowy winter forces which did hold on tight until mid-March.
Looking back over the last half year: oh, were we ever wrong when we pictured a bit of rest and catching our breath after the big move to Virginia! It seems that we had never before met--- in just a few months---so many people who showed a genuine interest in our work with the honeybees. We gave a presentation on Colony Collapse Disorder introducing the work and vision of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary to the Floyd Community. 120 enthusiastic people showed up at The Floyd Country Store; it was a great evening and appreciative mood.
We are so grateful that Woody and Jackie Crenshaw, owners of the Country Store
, are so committed to helping us with our work. All of our workshops can take place in the store at no cost! The "Sustain Floyd
", a great grass-root organization towards sustainability, committed "to preserve, enhance and support a resilient local community", also supports our venture.
The biodynamic workshops got off to a good start and so did the first beekeeping workshop. In May we will have the first local school class come to the farm to experience the bees. A stream of new and old friends has 'dropped in' these past months to help with a variety of tasks and there always is such joy and mirth in these encounters.
Our trip to Portland, Oregon, sponsored by the local Anthroposophical branch and held in the Portland Waldorf School
filled us with deep satisfaction and joy. The organizers really deserve a big "Thank You"! In the beekeeping workshop Vivian, for the first time, was part of it with a session on the miraculous substance of wax in its relationship to the sun forces. As she is also my official beekeeping assistant this year, a new phase of working together has begun; with her the impulse for therapeutic measures for the bees has definitely received a new emphasis.
A special event in Portland was the official screening of Taggart Siegel's new film "Queen of the Sun
", which repeatedly features Spikenard Farm and beautifully captures the spiritual quality of the honeybee as well as the serious impact of CCD---if not reversed---on our possibility to evolve here on earth. We are deeply touched by Taggart's love and support of the honeybees. Since the crisis with the honeybees has deepened this past winter with a great number of colonies lost, we hope that the film will touch many people's hearts.
In this phase of a new beginning it was so comforting and heart-warming for us to receive many emails and donations, affirming our move and staying faithful and trusting in our vision and efforts to bring healing, to the best of our abilities, to the honeybees and all that touches our lives.
Now, that Spring has really settled in, the Earth is ready to give us her bounty of life forces manifesting in tender greens and the beautiful colors of flowers native to the more southern part of the East Coast. The past warm weeks have been a joy and many of the perennials, bushes and trees we brought along, are in the ground: garden, bee forage landscape and orchard are established around the bees. Most of the colonies are now in their new, safe 'bee-house'.
The Little River is beautiful and we are filled with hope for the development of further initiatives in this place offering so much potential. We are very grateful to have such good neighbors and welcome warmly the arrival of Nora and Harry, wonderful gardeners and farmers.From the bottom of our hearts we say "Thank You" to all the new friends we have gained in this new location, but most of all we have such deep gratitude for all of you who have stayed with us and done so much to support our work.
We hope that you can sense that in view of all the positive events here, and the urgency to turn the honeybee crisis into a real opportunity for change, we need your help and generosity for continuing and expanding our work.
In the spirit of friendship and hope for the future, and with warm greetings from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains,- Gunther and Vivian