Jacqueline Freeman, biodynamic beekeeper and author of Song of Increase, is coming to Holyoke Community College on Tuesday, November 7th, from 9:30am – 10:45am in the Frost Buildling, Room 265. She will speak about her journey through beekeeping to where she is ttoday, encouraging bees through a preservation model that puts their health first.
Open to the public, free event. Donations are encouraged at door.
Thank you to Gateway’s Apiculture class for helping to sponsor this event.
Jacqueline Freeman is a Biodynamic Beekeeper and farmer in Washington state. Her farm is alive with animals, bees, gardens, orchards and wildlife. Jacqueline got her first hives in 2003. She attended conventional bee school and immediately knew she wanted to care for bees with more respect and compassion, more like the way feral bees live. A few years later she began teaching this bee-centric approach, blending natural beekeeping and bee-driven insights into the nature of bees. She encourages beekeepers to enter into respectful relationships, to passionately fall in love with the bee community, and to celebrate a compassionate co-existence with bees and all Nature. Her bee and farm videos have had over a million hits on YouTube.
In 2013 she was hired by the USDA and the U.S. Embassy in Dominican Republic to work with rural beekeepers, successfully combining sustainable organic practices with their historic beekeeping methods. She appears as the gentle swarm rescuer in the movie, “Queen of the Sun” and she wrote a chapter in the book of same name. Her articles on honeybees and progressive agriculture appear in national magazines, most recently in Natural Bee Husbandry. Her book about honeybees describes their intelligent, generous and exemplary role in Nature as models for the human community. Jacqueline is also the founder of non-profit preservation beekeeping.com. She will be speaking at the European Natural Bee Convention in 2018.
Her book, “Song of Increase: Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World,” is published in English, French and soon in Dutch, with readers on six continents. Jacqueline’s website, www.SpiritBee.com, has videos of her working in the midst of thousands of bees, free of protective equipment, celebrating the caring and considerate ways humans and bees can exist in harmony.