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Eastern Apicultural Society - 2013 Summer Conference

This year's EAS summer conference was held down in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  August 5-9, 2013eas31

There were over 760 attendees from around the country, with approximately 11 Vermont beekeepers who made the trip down to West Chester. 

Mike Palmer and Bill Mares were both presenters at this year's conference.  Mike was a featured speaker for several workshops, panel discussions and bee yard presentations.

While at the conference the Vermont beekeepers enjoyed wonderful and engaging presentations helping to educate us on many topics, ranging from, how to set up your honey house to disease identification in the lab, and dissecting honey bees using microscopes.  Attending this year's conference workshops was a wonderful experience and a great educational opportunity.  

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Honey Festival - A First

The first ever Vermont Golden Honey Festival was a great success!  Organized by Golden Stage Inn B&B of GoldenHoneyFestMead2Proctorsville and Goodmans American Pie of Ludlow, the festival was hosted at Golden Stage Inn on Saturday September 14.  Over a dozen vendors showcased their honeybee themed items such as books, pizza, fiber arts, quilts, and of course plenty of honey too. 

GoldenHoneyFest2013VermontQuiltBeeOrganizers estimate that at least 150 visitors passed through.  Next year's Second Annual is scheduled for September 13. 2014 and has already been awarded recognition as one of "Vermont's Top Ten Fall Events of 2014."

Nuc the Packages

Hello Vermont Beekeepers

I would like to share my first experience with starting my own nucs for the purpose of  overwintering as replacements suggested by Mike Palmer.  Mike states it is not a new concept and that it just makes common sense in many ways both economically and biologically.  You know the management side of beekeeping today has become somewhat complex and unfortunate. 

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Tunbridge Fair: Success!

Tunbridge Fair is a great time to meet current and future VBA members, encourage new beekeepers and sell our member's honey.  Thanks to Doug Ouellette and Bill Mares for organizing and to all of the volunteers who helped out at the VBA booth.  For those who were able to help out this weekend, thank you.  If not, see you next year?