We're a group of organic, treatment-free beekeepers in Los Angeles, with branches now forming in other cities.

We're "Backwards" because we rely on observation and natural practices to keep our bees thriving rather than pesticides, chemicals, or treatments of any kind.

We're continually growing as more and more people discover the enjoyment and worth of encouraging our native feral bee population. Our goal is to do right by the bees so that the bees can return the favor.

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The Story:

Once upon a time, back in 2008, we (Amy & Russell) were curious about becoming beekeepers. We found Kirk online and scheduled a meeting. It was love at first sight—we connected to his philosophy about letting the bees do their thing...and we were smitten by his sense of humor. We formed the Backwards Beekeepers that day and the 3 of us have been joined by thousands of like-minded people since.

Folks who make the Backwards Beekeepers possible:

Kirk Anderson
Russell Bates
Amy Seidenwurm

Bee Hotline Team:
Dennis, Hotline Chair and Volunteer Dispatcher
Ceebs, Volunteer Dispatcher
Roberta, Volunteer Dispatcher
Yvonne, Volunteer Dispatcher

Best Practices Consultant:
Deirdre Roney

Logo Design and Aesthetic Advisors:
Ron Fleming
Brent Stickels
YYES Design