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SUN HIVE: Interested in helping the bees and changing the conversation around pollinator health? The Sun Hive is an alternative beehive that allows honeybees to live in a more natural way according to their own innate criteria. Join Kelsey Love from Heirloomista to learn how to make The Sun Hive, a biodynamic beehive. The Sun Hive was featured in the film Queen of the Sun.

The Sun Hive – A Sustainable Approach to Living with Bees

When: Saturday, August 15th

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

Instructor: Kelsey Love, Heirloomista

Registration Fee: $90

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The Sun Hive: A sustainable approach to living with bees. Learn how to make a Sun Hive and change the conversation around honeybees.

Curious about what we can do for the bees? Or maybe you’re interested in a more sustainable approach to living with bees. The Sun Hive is a unique beehive that allows honeybees to live in a way according to their own innate criteria. This hive is featured in the film Queen of the Sun, a documentary on what the bees are telling us. The Sun Hive is a uniquely shaped hive made of rye straw and comprised of two skeps (baskets), held together by wooden support structures and uses top bar hive frames. Its unique form is a gesture of free will and suggests a more simplified way of beekeeping.

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. Weavers, beekeepers, bee-dabblers, artists of all kinds are welcome.  All materials needed to participate will be provided. Together as a class, we will make one complete hive for the farm.

Course Objectives:

  1.  Learn and practice weaving skills for building a Sun Hive

  2.  Learn the history and theory of the Sun Hive and benefits of living with honeybees

  3.  Take home information on how to source materials to make your own Sun Hive