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In honor of World Bee Day (May 20th every year), the Hays County Beekeepers Association (HCBA) organizes every year a day-long virtual conference Natural Beekeeping event aimed at promoting Natural Beekeeping Practices while supporting the club's mission to help the honey bee and pollinator plight and increase the number of Natural Beekeepers around the world.


The live event takes place every May 20, 2020, and is available afterward as a recording.Featured speakers in 2020 were Dr. Seeley, Michael Bush, Les Crowder, Solomon Parker.

In addition, several Experts joined us to discuss Natural Beekeeping and celebrate World Bee Day (go to www.HaysCountyBeekeepers.com/world-bee-day-2020 for detailed topics and bios as well as schedule for the 2020 event).


This conference is readily availabe to all HCBA members, free of charge (membership is open to all - so if you prefer to become a HCBA member, go to www.HaysCountyBeekeepers.com/membership to become a member)




Date and Time: You may watch this recorded Webinar any time (the Live Interactive Broadcast was on May 20, 2020 was recorded, so you will receive 12 hours of recorded presentations, along with the transcript of the Chat Window, Attachments and Links referenced throughout the Webinar, as well as Speaker contact information for questions.


Why this conference: The biggest challenge beekeepers encounter in going Natural is a lack of information and understanding on the underlying mechanisms honey bees use to fend off pests and pathogens on their own, why it is so important to keep bees naturally, and what best practices beekeepers can use to leverage those natural mechanisms.


What you will learn in this webinar: 

  • Our Featured Speakers (Bios and Topics listed below) are internationally recognized authorities in Natural Beekeeping, who will share with you their expertise and core philosophy throughout the day for a deep understanding of those natural mechanisms and how beekeepers can work with the honey bee's nature to boost their colonies' health naturally. Featured Speakers are: 

    • Dr. Tom Seeley: Darwinian Beekeeping

    • Michael Bush: 

    • Les Crowder

    • Solomon Parker

  • Our panel of Natural Beekeeping Specialists will provide you with real life success stories of how they put in practice Natural Beekeeping principles in their apiaries and business models, and how they reap the benefits with clean, chemical-free hive products. Panel Speakers are:

    • Shelley Rice

    • Ryan Giesecke

    • Veronica Hawk

    • Mark De Kiewiet

    • Tara Chapman

    • Cyrus Nasr

    • Nathalie Biggie

  • You will learn about core principles of Natural Beekeeping, best practices, and tips and tricks on how to grow your apiary sustainably while focusing on a chemical-free, natural approach to beekeeping. 

  • These principles apply to backyard beekeeping, small scale businesses, and even large commercial operations

  • You will discover how many beekeepers successfully keep bees leveraging their nature, and get inspired to do the same with your bees

  •  You will also witness how keeping bees naturally also contributes direct benefits to human health through clean, pure hive products, and how that can be used in apitherapy



  • "Darwinian Beekeeping" by Dr. Thomas Seeley
  • "Four Simple Steps to Healthier Bees" and "A Few Good Queens" by Michael Bush   
  • "Debunking the "Mite-Bomb" Myth and How Natural Beekeeping Leads to a Higher Competency

    by Les Crowder

  • "Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Swarm" by Solomon Parker

  • "Honey Massage and Bee Venom Therapy Demonstration: how Natural Beekeeping helps People" by Shelley Rice

  • "Earning the Right, a Strategy to Credibly Promote the Natural Beekeeping Approach" by Mark de Kiewiet

  • "Pesticide-Free Native Plants for a Sustainable Healthy Diet Year-Round" by Veronica Hawk

  • "The Importance of Natural Beekeeping as it relates to Apitherapy Practices" by Cyrus Nasr

  • "Going Foundationless to Augment Colony Health, from Backyard Beekeepers to Sideliners" by Tara Chapman

  • "Understanding Varroa Biology for a Treatment-Free Approach to Beekeeping" by Ryan Giesecke

  • "The IPM Pyramid and How Chemical-Free Interventions Are Enough for Trouble-Shooting" by Nathalie B