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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A Vermont beekeeper's story.....his path to Vermont Certified Beekeeper

Fred Putnam Jr. is a Vermont Beekeeper who just earned his Certifed Vermont Beekeeper status. Towards the end of 2016, he wrote a summary of his effort towards becoming a better beekeeper. Congratulations to Fred while he continues to walk his beekeeping path.

"When I looked at the schedule of learning opportunities for the 2016 year, it swayed my decision to start my beekeeping adventures this year rather than waiting until 2017. I went to every workshop and meeting I could get to – driving almost 2000 miles getting to them! I just finished extracting my first 50 pounds of amazing flavored honey today. As I was watching that first beautiful stream of honey run out of the extractor, I was reflecting on all of the little tips I've learned from all of you along the way this year right up to the meeting last Thursday where we talked about covering supers with a damp cloth once they’ve been removed them for extraction to keep out the bees you just removed, and to the in-hive workshop on where the fume board process was demonstrated. I've used all of the tips all season and they have been incredibly helpful. So, I extend my grateful thanks to all of you who hosted sessions, instructed workshops, led meetings, and answered those spur-of-the-moment phone calls from me wondering "what now?" I started the season with two nucs on April 22, 2016. I now have one hive that produced 50 lbs of extra honey and another that I had to split into four wintering nucs and introduce four new queens thanks to what I learned in total from so many of you in-the-know people - that move saved my bees to live on in a different way. I'm feeling good about where I am which is way beyond where I thought I would be as a first 1/2 year beekeeper. And the journey continues - thanks to so many of you!"

Latest figures about U.S. Honeybee colonies from the USDA.

Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in the United States on January 1, 2017 totaled 2.62 million colonies, down slightly from January 1, 2016. The number of colonies in the United States on April 1, 2017 was 2.89 million colonies. During 2016, honey bee colonies on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1 were 2.62 million, 2.80 million, 3.18 million, and 3.03 million colonies, respectively. 

The National Honey Bee Survey In Vermont

The massive increase in U.S. honey bee colony losses in the last decade has prompted a comprehensive examination of colony health in apiaries throughout the United States. Known as the National Honey Bee Survey (NHBS), the effort is a collaboration between the USDA Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) out of the University of Maryland (UMD), the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the cooperation of 40 states, two territories (Puerto Rico and Guam), and the island nation of Grenada.

To read the full article on Bee Culture's website; see photos and graphs, click here: The National Honey Bee Survey In Vermont

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John Tardie

It is with sad news that we announce the passing of long time beekeeper and VBA member John Tardie.  John was a passionate beekeeper and served on the VBA Board of Directors for many years.  John was known for being the go to person for honey bee extractions from structures and buildings, he was always at the ready with his bee vac.  He was also very helpful to new beekeepers by selling select beekeeping supplies and renting honey extraction equipment.  If you knew John, please take a moment to reflect on his life and contributions to the VBA.  

Bill Mares Wrote:

"John Tardie sold me my first beekeeping equipment 45 years ago. He was a strong supporter of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and President of the Eastern Apicultural Society in 1980, when that group brought almost 600 people to UVM for its summer conference.  Vermont beekeepers will miss him."

See more at: John Tardie Obituary

 

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