Seven Days Article and recap of the conference: How to Solve the Pollinator Problem
"Vermont has just held its first ever conference on beetles, bees and butterflies, to consider the threats that all pollinators face in Vermont. The conference was a response to President Obama’s directive to create a national strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators." VPR
Listen to Bill Mares commentary on VPR: http://digital.vpr.net/post/mares-pollinators#stream/0
It was a great conference put on by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. There were great presentations by the guest speakers who highlighted research and data about the challenges facing our native pollinators. During the round table discussions there were wonderful ideas brought forward on ways to address the challenges our pollinators are facing. The goal of the round table discussions were to develop a list of action items ANR could consider moving forward. There were many galvanizing themes that came from these round table discussions. One of the common discussion topics was promoting greater diversity of forage area, which helps promote pollinator health.
We are hopeful this was just the first step in a collaborative effort in the state for meaningful action to help our pollinators. There is surely more to come and we expect VBA will be helping lead the way around this dicussion.
Thank you to Bill Mares, Paul Yanus and Michael Willard for attending the conference and representing VBA with an educational booth.
We had another successful booth at this year's Vermont Farm Show at the Essex Junction Fairgrounds. Our booth is focused on public outreach and education around Vermont Honey and Honeybees, offering handouts and educational material to the public. We also raffled off a beginner beekeeping course for one individual.
This year we were able to have the Honey Show contest entries beside our booth, helping display our wonderful Vermont honey. Thank you to all of the Vermont beekeepers who entered the honey show contest. This was our most successful honey show for participation, with around 50 total entries for the various honey categories and cookery contest. We hope to keep growing the honey show for next year. Congratulations to this year's winners!
The success of our Farm Show booth is due to the generosity of our members who donate their time to help staff the booth. We owe a big thank you to Paul Yanus for helping organize this year's booth, in addition to numerous volunteers:
David Prior, Lynn Miles, Peter Reynolds, Richard Roy, Al Zelley, Lisa Newton, Danielle Hogan, Anne Bowers, Barb Saunders, Mike Crowely, Luck Maccormick, Ron Bartemy, Michelle Rauch, Hugh Gibson, Candace Pratt and Seamus Walch.
Please thank these members for their generosity.