Vermont Beekeepers Association

Who We Are and What We Do

Vermont Beekeepers AssociationSince 1886 the VBA has promoted the general welfare of Vermont's Honey Industry, while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.  

The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents hundreds of beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey. We’re as diverse as the 246 towns in Vermont, but are unified in our fascination with and affection for bees. Most of us are hobbyists, but there are some “side liners” who try to make a bit of extra income from their 25-200 hives as well as a handful of full-time professionals. Join Today!

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July 24, 2010 - VBA Members  from around the state attended the Summer Meeting of the Vermont Beekeepers Association at the Long Trail School in Dorset to elect officers for the coming year, conduct other business and hear presentations by featured speaker Dr. Marla Spivak (see picture),a professor of Entomology at the University of Minnesota.vba2

Dr. Spivak has been conducting research on reducing pesticide use in honey bee colonies through sound sampling and treatment procedures. She gave two presentations: “The Benefits of Propolis to Bee Health” and “Long Term Plan for Stock Improvement in the US” which included her thoughts on obtaining consistent Varroa mite counts. (Watch the VBA site for further details on her presentation.)

The VBA's slate of officers: President, Bill Mares; Vice-president, Maddie Sobel; Membership Secretary, Valarie Wilson and Recording Secretary, Jeffrey Hamelman were unanimously re-elected to serve the organization for another year. Newly elected to serve as Treasurer was Rick Stoner. 

We thank these generous people for donating to our Summer Meeting Raffle.

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