HoneybeeLives is an organization, based in the Hudson Valley, practicing Natural/Organic Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence. Chris Harp and Grai Rice teach intensive two-day beekeeping workshops in the winter in the Hudson Valley and NYC. Seasonal hands-on support classes are taught during the bee season at the HoneybeeLives Apiary in New Paltz, in the Hudson Valley, NYS.
HoneybeeLives also provides a wide-range of apiary services to CSA farms and private estates in NYS and CT.
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. Broadening the general public’s understanding and appreciation of the honeybee, and their role in honeybee health is another focus of HoneybeeLives’ work. Farmers 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 has conducted beekeeping classes including at The Pfeiffer Center for Biodynamic Agriculture, the Sustainable Living Resource Center and The Commons in Brooklyn. Chris Harp and Grai Rice have presented talks at NOFA NY and NOFA NJ Winter conferences, Eastern Apiculture Society and at numerous beekeeping associations and garden clubs.
A gift of Honeybees is a gift of Life.
These folks are the real deal. They live and breathe beekeeping. There are many other bozos teaching this stuff, but few, if any, have the experience and insight as Chris and Grai do. You'll take the first course and keep coming back for more, trust me.
Chris and Grai are incredible beekeepers and instructors. Their passion for beekeeping and care for nature and the environment are so obvious throughout the class which just gives all of their instruction even more meaning. When I entered the class, I had some experience in beekeeping, but they have such deep knowledge that it reinforced what I knew but went so much deeper into all aspects of beekeeping. They have a great ability to share both their love of beekeeping and the practical side of it. How do you put the boxes together, how do you use foundation, how do you add boxes, how do you do an inspection, how should you test for and treat mites -- and so much more. This is one of the most valuable classes I have ever taken and is a gift to take!
I took this course twice when it was offered at the Commons and thought it was an excellent introduction to beekeeping, with sufficient hands-on training and resources to allow me to take the plunge. Chris and Grai have a wonderful approach and are warm and friendly people; I highly recommend their classes.
When I began my journey into the world of Honeybees, it was difficult to find like-minded folks who use methods that primarily consider the well being of the Honeybee and how we relate to the natural world. Honeybee Lives is one of the very few teaching an approach to keeping bees that is more bee-centered, organic, and about the husbandry between the Honeybee and humankind. They taught me that Honeybees are calling us to wake up and shift our approach toward our recourses, that commercial beekeeping, loss of habitat, and pesticide use is creating devistating consequences and have sent them into severe decline. But- in response to this, there is a worldwide movement of natural beekeepers emerging: those who seek to find more sustainable ways in living with this creature. So as my journey continues and dives deeper and deeper, Grai and Chirs are at the heart of it. Bee well. bzzz
Chris and Grai conduct an informative and inspiring class. I highly recommend their class. It's an excellent balance of intuition and science backed approaches to beekeeping. I overcame my reluctance to tackle the challenges of beekeeping in an age of many obstacles and frustrations because of this class. The reward is a meditative, yet physical practice. Plus, if all goes well, there's HONEY! My recommendation is TAKE THE CLASS!
Kai B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Wendy W. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
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