At Spikenard, Alex works to implement all educational workshops and programs, where he serves as a lead instructor. His responsibilities also include social and programmatic communications, as well as working with interns, organizing volunteer and visitor activities, oversight of the bees, the flower and vegetable gardens, and the research program.
Alex started at Spikenard Farm in March of 2014 after working 3 years as the manager of the Loyola University Student Farm in Illinois. He has over nine years of beekeeping and farming experience along with educational training from Loyola University Chicago, the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, and the Angelic Organics Learning Center.
The Honeybee Hive as a Superorganism
Exploring the honeybee hive from the holistic perspective of a superorganism can help us to better understand what makes a hive healthy, vital, and capable of warding off external influences such as mites, disease, and pesticide exposure. A thorough exploration of all of the “organs” in this organism (drones, workers, queen, wax, etc.) will lead towards a greater knowledge of all we can do to help the honeybees regain their strength.
What is Biodynamic Agriculture?
A basic introduction to the principles and methods of biodynamic agriculture from Alex’s perspective and experience. It will cover the indications that were given by Rudolf Steiner in 1924, and expand into the practical and varied methods used by biodynamic practitioners today to create a healthy farm organism.