Spikenard's first summer in Floyd was simply beautiful. Lots of
sunshine, warmth and plenty enough rain in August after a short
drought. When temperatures rose to the three-digit-level in the lower elevations of Virginia, we kept refreshed by the cooler nights. How grateful we are to be able to live and work in this beautiful landscape. The gratitude is enforced by witnessing, in the news, how many people and animals suffer in our time through horrendous destruction by natural catastrophes and ultimately our own deeds.Click here to view more photos of Spikenard Farm.
With the work on the perennial flower garden, the vegetable garden, plowing and discing the first 2 1/2 acres for bee forage, we had the good help of Harry and Nora as well as a number of visiting friends. As most of the visitors said "you don't wait around long to get something done", we felt recognized in our motivation to place deeds of transformation into the ground, knowing that the spiritual world can then also act and help.
Three biodynamic and three beekeeping local workshops are already accomplished and it feels like a good beginning. Our workshops usually start in the Floyd Country Store and then we move out to the farm or to the Josephine Porter Institute, depending on the topic.
Our summer activities included promoting and teaching about biodynamic agriculture, sustainable beekeeping and the crisis we are in. We also participated in two radio shows featuring the CCD topic. I had the opportunity to be part of the Rudolf Steiner Institute's summer courses with a one-week workshop on biodynamics and the bees. It was a great joy to meet so many new and some old friends and I am so grateful to all those planning and carrying out these vibrant and inspiring activities.
A new development in our part of the Little River Valley occurred this summer. Eight acres with a solid brick farmhouse came up for sale, ideal in its location and potential for the honeybee sanctuary to find its physical home. That place offers great possibilities for workshops, visitors and housing. We do have a vision for the eight acres that slope down to the Little River, and are currently working to prepare landscaping, action and business plans.
A heartfelt "thanks!" goes out to Woody and Jackie Crenshaw, our neighbors in the valley, who stepped in and bought the eight-acre property, holding it for one year until we can raise the funds to purchase it. In our development planning for the next five years, it became clear that, in order to build capacity and create the basis for younger people to take on this work in a few years, the expansion of staff is the most urgent thing. The first step in this direction is to have David Hosey join us in November, after he finishes a biodynamic apprenticeship. He brings lots of beekeeping experience and we are very much looking forward to having him with us. This step will allow me to travel more, spreading the urgent message about the need to adopt sustainable, healing beekeeping methods.
Of course we hope to get the support to be able to cover his needs and operating expenses. Please help us with your generous donation
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