Course at a Glance

February 11 to May 6

Practical Beekeeping (1 unit credit)


With Dick LaForge, Jeannine Kaprielian, Steve Sottong & “Missy Bee” Krein

Gain the skills you need to keep bees, including learning bee biology, studying the basics of keeping honeybees for pollination and honey, and exploring beekeeping equipment and management techniques.

Classes include the opportunity to buy bees and start beekeeping.

Required textbook: Beekeeping for Dummies, 4th edition, 2017 by Howland Blackiston.

Optional credit is available. See Practical Beekeeping (1 unit credit) and Practical Beekeeping (2 units credit).

Students are required to complete a Release of Liability form for this course.

Held each spring: Feb-May
plus four Sat. off-campus fieldtrips to be announced at the first class meeting.



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. In spring 2019 Jeannine will complete the Master Beekeeper course with UC Davis.


Steve Sottong

Steve Sottong

Steve Sottong is a backyard beekeeper in Eureka. His wife Joy Thomas was co-teacher in 2015 and he has served as the bee class tech and photo show expert since 2016..


Missy Bee Krein

"Missy Bee" Krein

"Missy Bee" Krein has extensive experience with many locations on the coast and inland.  She is currently working part-time with a commercial beekeeping company.