Maggie Taylor, The Nest, 36 x 36 in, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 2012, Courtesy and © Maggie Taylor.
Two-day intensives on the ‘Art of Beekeeping’ that will introduce students to Natural/Organic Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence, taught by Chris Harp from HoneybeeLives are available on three Winter weekends in the Hudson Valley at the Sustainable Living Resource Center and The Commons in Brooklyn, beginning January 24 & 25, 2015.
Maggie Taylor, Girl in a Bee Dress, 42 x 42 in, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 2004, Courtesy and © Maggie Taylor.
Learn about the basic requirements and responsibilities for organic beekeeping. Understand the community of a hive, the tools involved, elements of site selection, where you can obtain honeybees and equipment, and an understanding of a naturalist approach to their needs. You will come away with a broad understanding of the responsibilities and challenges entailed in this undertaking, as well as the inspiration to nurture your own honeybees and care for these hardworking, gentle creatures who live in complex and beautiful communities.
Honeybees are amazing, gentle creatures. They live in colonies which function as a single organism, each honeybee working for the good of the whole. They nurture the beauty and fecundity of the earth with their gift of pollination, and through that pollination mankind gains strength, and nature diversity. Honeybees are also in dangerous decline, and we all need to take notice.
Modern society, with its suburban sprawl, genetically modified vegetation, and insecticides, threatens the health of the honeybee, and in turn our own survival on this planet. Backyard beekeepers, with a conscience towards respecting the needs of the honeybee, can effect positive change in this balance. And the general public can also have a positive impact through simple choices about when to spray or mow, as well as planting trees and flowers that provide valuable food for both domestic and feral bees.
HoneybeeLives is an organization, based in the Hudson Valley, practicing Natural/Organic Beekeeping offering beekeeping workshops and providing a wide-range of apiary services to farms and private estates in New York & Connecticut. The focus of HoneybeeLives’ work is to encourage and support the health of the honeybee by nurturing knowledgeable, loving and confident beekeepers and property owners. And broadening the general public’s understanding and appreciation of the honeybee.