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Interested in alternative beehives? Join Kelsey Love from Heirloomista to learn how to make a Sun Hive, a biodynamic beehive. The Sun Hive was featured in the film Queen of the Sun.

The Sun Hive

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: WEI’s Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch MN

Instructor: Kelsey Love

Registration Fee:$90


What is THE SUN HIVE? 

The Sun Hive is an alternative beehive made of rye straw. It was designed by German sculptor, Gunther Mancke, to reflect the form of wild or feral bee hives.  It is egg-shaped and typically suspended above the ground versus resting on the earth like standard box hive systems. The Sun Hive has 9 half moon removable “frames” that the bees naturally draw their comb from. This hive represents the colony’s will to live in a way that meets its innate criteria, the freedom to move in a way it wishes to. It is not meant for honey or pollen production, but a gift to the bees to simply be themselves and live in harmony.

Full Course Description:

The Sun Hive, featured in the film Queen of the Sun, is a biodynamic beehive made of rye straw. This uniquely shaped hive is comprised of two skeps (baskets), held together by wooden support structures and uses top bar hive frames. This is a hands-on workshop and students will focus on the craft of weaving. We will briefly touch on the history and theory of the Sun Hive. You do not need to be a beekeeper to take this class, but a basic knowledge of bees is helpful as this is not a beekeeping class. All materials needed to participate will be provided. Together as a class, we will make one complete hive.


Instructor Bio:

Kelsey Love of Heirloomista is a Minnesota native with a degree in Biodynamic Horticulture. During her studies in the United Kingdom, she worked closely with the Natural Beekeeping Trust to develop workshops on how to make Sun Hives. Bringing the initiative back here to the United States, she has now taught workshops from coast to coast. She has her own biodynamic farm in the Saint Croix River Valley that specializes in heirloom vegetable production. Kelsey is an avid seed saver, pollinator advocate, and beekeeper. To learn more about her, visit Heirloomista.com or stop by the farm near WEI.