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Thoughts about beekeeping and beekeepers in Vermont along with links to local and national stories of interest. While most articles are public, VBA members who login to the site will have access to additional articles and features.

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Weird Season, no?

Written by Jeffrey Hamelman.

Most reports from this part of the Vermont--the Connecticut River Valley near White River--are that it was an odd and a mostly poor year. I remember that two years ago was the worst season I had had in 30 years of beekeeping (strictly on a hobby scale, six hives max). And then last year was the best ever. Well, maybe this year was both. I have five hives, and three of them thought they would challenge each other to a swarming contest. They all had plenty of room, but were cooped up for so long in June that they all put on little hats when they got the chance and said "outa here!". And then the other two--between them they stayed put and made 230# of surplus honey. I guess some kids get an A and some get a D-, so why should the bees be any different? 


New VBA Update Editor

Written by Webmaster.

The Vermont Beekeepers Association welcomes Bob Haven as the new editor of the VBA Update, the organization's email newsletter sent to members as part of their membership benefit.

Bob is a beekeeper in Charlotte and welcomes member's participation in developing the Update. If you have a story for inclusion in the Update, please forward it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


ABF's EPA Webinar Series

Written by Kim Greenwood.

The ABF's EPA Webinar Series is Now Open to the General Public

The American Beekeeping Federation Education Committee has been hard at work developing new ways to keep its members engaged and informed in between ABF annual conferences each year. The Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Series is the first interactive venture to deliver information directly to the membership.


VBA Board Minutes Posted

Written by Kim Greenwood.

The VBA Board met recently.  See what they're talking about under the "members only" and then "meeting minutes" tab.  We're an all-volunteer organization and your thoughts, suggestions, ideas and volunteer hours to help make things happen are always welcome.  Contact Kim Greenwood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any of the board members to let us know what's on your mind.