Kenneth, known by many as just Ken, is a 9 year veteran hobby
beekeeper. He got his start by getting a hive with bees from Browning
Honey and being mentored from an employee of theirs.
He completed the three year Master Beekeeping program from the
University of Montana in 2017.
Ken has been instrumental in starting the beekeeping club in Idaho Falls
along with three others among whom was the Bonneville county extension
agent. This group continued for three years. He was the president for two
of those. When it was handed over to another elected president the group
was redirected toward a Facebook page entitled ‘Beekeepers of Southeast
He has been asked to speak and teach at elementary schools and
gardening clubs throughout the Idaho Falls area. Ken has also been a
mentor for a High School student who did her senior project on honey
bees. Needless to say, she got a ‘A’ on her project. Together, they did a
display on honey bees at the Bonneville county fair which included honey
tasting and an observation hive.
Kenneth has worked for the past five years plus at a construction supply
outlet as the inside sales consultant.
He is married with three grown sons, the oldest of which helped him get
Ken was raised in northwest Montana and went to high school in Troy
Montana. (Literally in the sticks).
He now owns the home in which he and his family has lived in for twenty
years found in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
His hobbies include, besides keeping bees in town, fishing, woodworking
and gardening. Most of the wooden ware he has for beekeeping was made
in his wood shop.
When not catching swarms or harvesting honey, he is reading books and
blogs on beekeeping or even watching YouTube channels of Kamon
Reynolds or Ian Steppler, often messaging them about their techniques. He
often is found helping other hobbyists with their bees or answering
questions. In doing so, he has found there is no true black and white way
to keep honey bees.
Ken is truly a people person who loves to talk honey bees and assist others
wherever he can.