Saturday, August 20, 2011

All you ever wanted to know about bees

Antioch College to host nationally renowned beekeeper Gunther Hauk

Antioch College will host nationally renowned biodynamic gardener, beekeeper and educator Gunther Hauk August 30-31 for two days of events as part of its new sustainability initiative.

“There is a large and well-developed beekeeping community, as well as strong interest in biodynamic farming, in this area,” said Joyce Morrissey, assistant to President Mark Roosevelt and manager of special projects at the College. “We’re fortunate to have Gunther join us, particularly as we work to expand our own understanding and practices at the College.”

Hauk’s visit comes three weeks before the College will welcome its first class for fall orientation. He will join the public for conversation following the screening of Queen of the Sun at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 30, at Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Avenue. Antioch College is hosting the screening; donations of $5-$10 will support beekeeping education at Hauk's Spikenard Farm in Virginia, the Greene County Beekeeping Association (GCBA), and the Antioch College Farm.

Hauk will also deliver a public lecture on beekeeping and issues related to sustainability at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 31, at the Glen Helen Ecology Institute, 405 Corry Street. Members of the GCBA will be on hand with information about local beekeeping classes.

Morrissey organized Hauk’s visit with Antioch College Trustee David Goodman ’69, a principal of North Arrows LLC, which specializes in power and energy investments. Goodman has written and lectured on independent energy project financing, alternative fuels for heavy duty vehicles, green building, and general business matters in his areas of expertise.

Antioch College’s new curriculum includes a series of Global Seminars that allow for interdisciplinary approaches to the examination of issues and ideas surrounding food, water, energy, health and governance. The new Antioch College Farm, situated on the approximately 35-acre former golf course on the southeast side of campus, will be an experiential classroom where students and faculty will search for the inherent interrelationships between conscious stewardship, the use of natural resources, and the resultant impact on the health and vitality of the local and global environment.

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