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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?

Weird Season, no?

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?