FLOYD, Va. (WDBJ7) Honeybees are disappearing at an alarming rate. But a sanctuary in Floyd is trying to stem the tide by training new beekeepers this week.
Groups get to learn about how bees make honey at the Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in Floyd.
Alex Tuchman has been a beekeeper for three years.
"The main thing that we are teaching there is that the bees have such an important relationship with the landscape around them," Tuchman said.
Beekeeping is one task that requires a lot of patience.
"It's not just understanding what you need to do but each hive is different. It's like a dog. Each dog has a different personality and different needs and the same is true for each honeybee hive"
And above all, building a relationship with the bees makes the process easier.
"If you love your bees you're ultimately in the right relation to them and when open up the hive they feel that and they will not come and sting you and they will not feel like you are robbing their honey or something like that."
Floyd's honeybee sanctuary is one of three in the United States.
The sanctuary has 40 hives on the land.
Bee enthusiasts get to test their fears and get to know the bees all week long.
For more information about the Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, visit spikenardfarm.org.