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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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Workshops & Meetings Schedule - 2013

VBA 2013 Workshops

May 18 - 12-2pm - Package Bee Installation - Learn how to install a new package of bees into your hive. TENTATIVE DATE: Subject to change. The weather gremlins in Georgia have caused a two-week delay in the shipments north of package bees. Therefore, the VBA workshop on hiving a package will now take place on May 18 at 12 noon at Burlington's Intervale. Update your calendar!

June 1 – Diseases, Pests, and Parasites, Checking for diseases, evaluating queens, re-queening colonies.
With: STEVE PARISE

June 15–Queen Rearing Workshop, Raising queens in the small apiary with Mike Palmer  (in St. Albans )
With: MIKE PALMER (TENTATIVE DATE: SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

July 6 – Re-queening and Making summer nucs to winter over
With: MIKE PALMER

Aug. 3 - Harvesting the crop; Removing honey from the bees. Tips on extracting, packaging, and marketing your crop; Fall Mite treatments.
With: JAMES GABRIEL (at Champlain Valley Apiaries in Middlebury)  

Sept. 14 - Preparing Your Colony for Winter; Feeding light colonies; Medications and miticides; Winter wrapping materials.
With: BILL MARES, MIKE WILLARD, SCOTT WILSON