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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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Vermont Farm Show

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!

 

Farm Show 2016-   Honey Show 2016-

 

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.

The Caffinated Lives of Bees

Caffeine improves learning and memory in bees, as it does in people. Scientists know that. But, one might wonder, what do these laboratory findings mean in terms of the actual lives of bees? It’s not as if a flower meadow is sprinkled with coffee shops.

Franklin County Field Days

Members of the Franklin County Beekeepers Club set up a booth at this year's Franklin County Field Days in Swanton, VT.   For four days, the booth created a wonderful interaction with the public, offering honey tastings, educational videos and an observation hive.  The club members were great ambassodors, helping edcuate visitors about honey and beekeeping here in Vermont.

Franklin County Field Days 1   Franklin County Field Days 2

 

 

 

 

HopGuard II Approved For Use in Vermont

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has received approval from the EPA for the sale and use of HopGuard II in Vermont.  HopGuard II offers a relatively benign method of varroa control that can be used throughout the beekeeping season, following the manufacturers recommendations and directions.

HopGuard II is a product produced by BetaTec Hop Products.

The national distributor of HopGuard II is Mann Lake Ltd.  Please visit their website to learn more or to place an order.

This video by BetaTec shows how HopGuard II is applied to a hive.  See Video

 

Tools For Varroa Management

A Guide To Effective Varroa Sampling & Control

The Honey Bee Health Coalition has released a reference guide to help beekeepers sample and control varroa mite levels in their colonies.  Now that we are in the month of August, the traditional treatment month for Vermont beekeepers, the relase of this reference guide is very timely. 

Click Here to Download: Tools For Varroa Management

Queen Identification Idea

Post by member Hugh Gibson:

Below I thought I might share a small technique I use to know what color marked queen is in a particular hive before opening it.

The last couple of years I started to make my own nucs and over wintering them allowing me to get away from buying package bees. It has worked fantastically. I only have 5 hives from various years and I was raising my own queens and painting the color code onto them. When I returned to the nucs and hives I could never remember what color I was looking for. Not that it was awfully necessary to know up front to find the queen.