Course at a Glance

Bee Yard Experience (non-credit)
February 13 to May 1

Bee Yard Experience (non-credit)

23925 (non-credit)

With Dick LaForge & Jeannine Kaprielian, Beekeepers

This class meets at the bee yards of the instructors and students. We will follow the progress and challenges of the bee colonies. We will inspect the colonies to assess their condition, and guide them to good health and honey production. You should have taken Practical Beekeeping, have beekeeping experience, or be taking Practical beekeeping concurrently.

Sundays, Feb. 13-May 1 (no class March 20)
1-3 p.m.   •   Off Campus: TBA

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Dick LaForge

Dick LaForge

Dick LaForge has over 20 years of beekeeping experience and manages eight hives near Freshwater. He produces on average six new colonies and several hundred pounds of honey each year. He has taught the HSU bee classes on and off since 1999.


Jeannine Kaprielian

Jeannine Kaprielian

Jeannine Kaprielian began beekeeping by taking Dick LaForge and Garrett Brinton’s beekeeping class in 2009. She and Garrett developed an apiary on her small farm in the Hoopa Valley. Since then she has kept bees on several coastal sites, giving her insight into specific issues facing both inland and coastal beekeepers. Jeannine passed the exams for the California Master Beekeeping Program Journeyman level through UC Davis (the second level of the CAMBP). Currently only one beekeeper has completed the Master level of the CAMBP in California.