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Natural Beekeeping Conference


Back by popular demand, HoneyLove will be hosting our Natural Beekeeping Conference in January 2020. Join us for an unforgettable weekend of keynote speakers who are leaders in the field of natural beekeeping, local experts, authors, scientists, inventors and educators.

• Michael Bush
• Les Crowder
• Dr. May Berenbaum
• Robin Jones
• Michael Thiele
• Sam Comfort
• Laura Bee Ferguson
• Kate Franzman
• Solomon Parker
• Amanda Shaw
• Matt Reed 
Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
• Rob and Chelsea McFarland
…plus a stellar lineup of your local favorites in our Breakout Room! 
Stay tuned… new speakers are being added daily!! 

Limited tickets available to this awesome weekend so REGISTER NOW!
$265 FOR MEMBERS (Limited time sale with discount code)
$305 EARLY BIRD (Non-Member)
$357 REGULAR (At the door)


You must be an annual HoneyLove member to take advantage of discounted membership pricing. If you’re not already a member, there’s still time—just sign up using the following link:

(Please note: Single day tickets / webinars are not available for this conference)

University of Southern California
Marshall Business School Bldg
3670 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Follow the signs- Located at the NW corner of S. Figueroa and Exposition

Interested in helping out a little while you attend the conference?
We would love to have you sign up for small (1-2 hr) project. You must be an annual HoneyLove member to participate behind the scenes.

Please email with the title VOLUNTEER SHIFT


To honor our friend and beekeeper Susan Rudnicki, HoneyLove has created a scholarship to gift one conference ticket and annual membership to a lucky beekeeping student.

Please nominate who you bee-lieve is the most deserving person with a short essay telling us why (along with their contact info).

The HoneyLove board will review submissions and announce the winner prior to the conference.

Please email your entry by Jan 1, 2020 to with the title SUSAN RUDNICKI SCHOLARSHIP SUBMISSION.


Michael Bush Bio
Michael Bush
Author of The Practical Beekeeper—Beekeeping Naturally

Michael Bush is one of the leading proponents of treatment free beekeeping. He has been keeping bees since the mid 70’s, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at more than 50,000 posts between all of them. He has had an eclectic set of careers from printing and graphic arts, to construction to computer programming and a few more in between. Currently he is working in computers. He has a web site on beekeeping at

“His writing is like his talks, with more content, detail, and depth than one would think possible with such few words…his website and PowerPoint presentations are the gold standard for diverse and common sense beekeeping practices.”–Dean Stiglitz

May R. Berenbaum 

Professor and Department Head PhD, 1980, Cornell University

May Berenbaum, Ph.D. has been on the faculty of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1980, serving as head since 1992 and as Swanlund Chair of Entomology since 1996. She is known for elucidating chemical mechanisms underlying interactions between insects and their hostplants, including detoxification of natural and synthetic chemicals, and for applying ecological principles in developing sustainable management practices for natural and agricultural communities. Her research, supported primarily by NSF and USDA, has produced over 230 refereed scientific publications and 35 book chapters. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, she has chaired two National Research Council committees, the Committee on the Future of Pesticides in U.S. Agriculture (2000) and the Committee on the Status of Pollinators in North America (2007). Devoted to teaching and fostering scientific literacy through formal and informal education, she has authored numerous magazine articles and six books about insects for the general public. She graduated summa cum laude, with a B.S. degree and honors in biology, from Yale University in 1975 and received a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University in 1980.

Mandy Shaw |

Mandy is a beekeeper from Oregon who enjoys keeping bees in Top Bar, Warre, and Langstroth style hives. The core of Mandy’s beekeeping journey is community outreach. She has served the local beekeeping community as both treasurer and president of Portland Urban Beekeepers and owns a beekeeping consulting business named Waggle Works. She has been featured on Ologies, and in 2018 she gained the attention of National Geographic for her love of swarm catching. Mandy produces the Beekeeper Confidential podcast, where she highlights beekeepers from diverse backgrounds and experiences

Waggle Dancing for the World

Mandy will discuss how she has utilized local and global exposure to further highlight the work that she and other beekeepers are doing to help save the bees. With technology and media, and opportunities to participate in citizen science at our fingertips, making meaningful contributions to the global discussion has never more accessible! Through personal stories, Mandy will share how her beekeeping journey has reached surprising heights. Attendees will walk away with ideas on how they can get involved in citizen science initiatives, engage with their local beekeeping communities, and generate media buzz. 

Sam Comfort

After winning 6 hives in a poker game, Sam Comfort worked for several years in commercial beekeeping across America.
He started Anarchy Apiaries in 2005 to explore permaculture ideas of low input natural cycles.  He breeds queens from hardy survivors, experiments with splitting techniques, and messes around with hive designs.  So the mission is to 1) make more beehives than there are televisions, and 2) have a good time, all the time (with bees).  Anarchy Apiaries runs around 1000 hives that split seasonally into 1500+ mating nucs with no treatments, minimal feeding, and do-it-yourself hive boxes in New York and Florida.  Through teaching independent, biological beekeeping, he hopes to make it more affordable, approachable, and enjoyable; thus bring the means of production back to the beekeeper.

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen grow food, keep chickens, brew, bike, bake, and plot revolution from their 1/12-acre farm in the heart of Los Angeles. They are the keepers of the popular DIY blog, Root Simple, and the authors of The Urban Homestead (2008), which the New York Times calls “…the contemporary bible on the subject” and Making It (2011) a project book for post-consumer society.

In addition to their writing and blogging, Kelly and Erik teach and speak on the topics of self-reliance, urban gardening and sustainability.

Rob & Chelsea McFarland
Founders of HoneyLove, Authors of Save the Bees

Rob and Chelsea McFarland are the husband and wife team behind Los Angeles based 501(c)3 non-profit and co-authors of “Save The Bees with Natural Backyard Hives”. HoneyLove has a thriving social network with more than 40,000 Facebook followers and a full calendar of educational and community-based events. HoneyLove has been profiled by many publications including the Associated Press, LA Times, The Christian Science Monitor, LA Weekly and Sunset Magazine. The Disney Channel, Ford Motors and YouTube’s SoulPancake and Rhett & Link have also featured HoneyLove in video segments.
View more about HoneyLove here:



  • Full line up of General Session Presentations (GSP) on Saturday and Sunday
  • Vendor tradeshow with the latest and greatest natural products and services in the beekeeping industry
  • Shared Interest Group (SIG) meetings on Saturday and Sunday (stay tuned for topic announcements!)

General Session Presentation (GSP) | Special Interest Group (SIG)


Schedule coming soon…


Schedule coming soon…

Interested in becoming an exhibitor or sponsor?
Got a cool bee gadget to sell? A new book? An inventive hive design? Want to show your support to the world? We’d love to have you as a vendor or sponsor at our two-day conference of people who are crazy about bees. This year’s Natural Beekeeping Conference will be one of the largest gatherings of natural beekeepers in the country! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with our specialized group of influencers.
Email us today to join: or call (424) 625-8233

Watch some videos from our speakers!


We would love to encourage everyone to park at the Metro stop near your home / hotel and take the train in!

Stay tuned… more details coming soon!