Michael S. ThompsonAbout Michael S. Thompson (Illinois)

Director and Farm Manager of the Chicago Honey Co-op Michael started beekeeping as child in Southern Kansas and upon
moving to Chicago in the early 1970′s placed 2 hives on a neighbor’s rooftop. He worked with Gene Killion as an Illinois State Bee Inspector and started teaching beekeeping informally when he was 25 years old.

He and others installed 8 beehives on 3 buildings in downtown Chicago 2003-2010; City Hall, Chicago Cultural Center and Gallery 37 for the Arts The Co-op maintains these hives giving the honey back to the city where they sell it in their gift stores to support cultural programs.

Michael developed the still going strong Beekeeping Program at historic Garfield Park Conservatory in 2001 while working there as Horticulturist and Community Gardener. He also created Chicago Honey Cooperative in 2004 with two city beekeepers. Director and Farm Manager of the Chicago Honey Co-op, Michael started beekeeping as child in Southern Kansas and upon moving to Chicago in the early 1970′s placed 2 hives on a neighbor’s rooftop. He worked with Gene Killion as an Illinois State Bee Inspector and started teaching beekeeping informally when he was 25 years old.

He and others installed 8 beehives on 3 buildings in downtown Chicago 2003-2010; City Hall, Chicago Cultural Center and Gallery 37 for the Arts The Co-op maintains these hives giving the honey back to the city where they sell it in their gift stores to support cultural programs.

Michael developed the still going strong Beekeeping Program at historic Garfield Park Conservatory in 2001 while working there as Horticulturist and Community Gardener. He also created Chicago Honey Cooperative in 2004 with two city beekeepers.

Specializes in:

  • Beekeeping business
  • Colony seasonal management
  • Honey production
  • Keeping bees
  • Making increase colonies
  • Natural beekeeping
  • Natural wax
  • Urban Beekeeping
  • Rooftop Beekeeping
  • Training/teaching beekeeping to adults & children
  • A short history of beekeeping
  • Beekeeping in Chicago

Fees and Requirements

Speaker Fee: Minimum $200
Requirements: Airfare, Rail & Ground Transportation costs if applicable, Hotel Accommodations, Audio visual needs include projector, laptop & screen & public address system if necessary.