HoneyLove is a Los Angeles based 501(c)3 non-profit conservation organization with a mission to protect the honeybees by educating our communities and inspiring new urban beekeepers.
The Founders of HoneyLove
Chelsea McFarland (Beekeeper’s Wife/HoneyLove Co-Founder/Co-Author of “Save the Bees with Natural Backyard Hives“) is a real estate broker, vegetarian, and a blues dancer. Find Chelsea on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Paul Hekimian (HoneyLove Director)
Paul Hekimian is a 2nd generation beekeeper and father of two who resides in Santa Monica, California. He is an entrepreneur extraordinaire who prides himself on the “many hats he wears” – including President of LATriClub.com and Owner of Pacific Street Inc., a CRM consulting firm that empowers businesses with CRM technology.
Kevin O’Scanlon (HoneyLove Director)
Kevin is a Walk Manager at JDRF, overseeing the San Francisco Walk. Personable and driven, he brings a strong background in business development, events, planning and management, most recently serving as Sales and Marketing Manager at the San Francisco office of Sound in Motion. Kevin earned a B.A. in Theater Arts at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Dennis Broderick (HoneyLove Director)
Dennis is our most senior member of the Board. He retired from ABC-TV in 1995 and, looking for other interests, he started to search for something to help his tomatoes grow. Composting lead to worm bins and then bees. An early member of Backwards Beekeepers, he worked on the bee rescue hotline which lead to HoneyLove. He has had bees for five years and is often at the mentoring sessions lending his expertise. Not restricted by a job, he often shows up for mid-week school and club presentations. He is almost always available for bee rescue and advice as long as no ladders are involved. He practices apiculture in the South Bay.
Ceebs Bailey (HoneyLove Beekeeper / Factotum)
Ceebs is a writer in West L.A. who started out a few years ago with a modest tumbling composter outside the kitchen door and now has raised beds in the front yard, a flock of chickens and six beehives around the city. You can make contact at: ceebs[at]honeylove[dot]org
Kirk Anderson (HoneyLove Beekeeper)
Kirk is an internationally known organic beekeeper, bee rescuer, feral honey merchant, photographer, philosopher and HoneyLove Mentor Extraordinaire. He lives in Silver Lake but plans to save the whole world.
Erik Knutzen (HoneyLove Public Affairs)
Erik is the co-author, with his wife Kelly Coyne, of The Urban Homestead and Making It: Radical Home Economics for a Post-Consumer World. He also writes for magazines including Make, Urban Farm and Yes. He has become increasingly interested in the concept of urban sustainability since moving to Los Angeles in 1998. Since that time, he has converted his 1920 hilltop bungalow into a mini-farm, and along the way has explored and written about the traditional home arts of baking, pickling, bicycling and brewing. He is the co-founder, with Mark Stambler and Teresa Sitz, of the Los Angeles Bread Bakers.
Learn more about Erik on RootSimple.com
George Langworthy (HoneyLove Public Affairs)
After inspiring millions to take up the fight to save the honey bee with his film Vanishing of the Bees, George began rescuing bees from circumstances where they might otherwise be exterminated. George partnered with HoneyLove to create the Topanga BeeSanctuary which provided a safe haven for rescued hives!
Mike Thomas (Founder of National Honey Bee Day)
Mike first fell in love with honey bees after one of many visits to LongWood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. In 2006 he was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture as an Apiary Inspector. Mike is the founder of National Honey Bee Day, Bjorn Apiaries, Pennsylvania Apiculture Inc., and the Pennsylvania Backyard Beekeepers Association. You can find Mike on Bjorn Apiaries’ website here.
Kendra Tarte (HoneyLove Office Manager)
Kendra is a solutions-oriented Administrator, CRM Consultant, and Marketing Communications professional with a strong technical background in digital media, design, and data analysis. You can find Kendra on Linkedin here.
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