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It's Time to Remove Bird Feeders

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recommends taking down bird feeders from April 1 through November 30 to avoid attracting black bears that will be coming out of their winter dens to seek an early spring meal.

 
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Seasonal Apiary Position - VT Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets

To learn more about his position, please click the link below and follow the instructions listed:

http://humanresources.vermont.gov/

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Apiarium, 1625

Around the turn of the 17th century, humans’ narrow, mesoscale view of the world was undergoing a dramatic expansion.

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NORTHERN YARD WORKSHOP DATE CHANGE:PLEASE READ

Join Bill Smith for a beekeeping equipment/hive assembly demonstration workshop at the VBA/Gardeners Supply Intervale location in the Barn (on the Gardeners property..follow the signs) on April 4 from 11:00 to 1:00 PM. Come and see how to assemble deeps, supers and frames.

The barn is not heated so please bring jackets and gloves.

Capitol City Farmers' Market - Honey Vendors Needed

The Capitol City Farmers' Market is currently looking for Honey Vendors for the 2015 season.

If you are interested, please contact Carolyn Grodinsky at 802.223.2958 for additional information and details.

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

 

Bee Disease Reduced by Nature's 'Medicine Cabinet,' Dartmouth-led Study Finds


HANOVER, N.H. - Nicotine isn't healthy for people, but such naturally occurring chemicals found in flowers of tobacco and other plants could be just the right prescription for ailing bees, according to a Dartmouth College-led study.

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