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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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New Beekeeper? Help is Here!

VBA has secured a grant to help expand our educational and mentoring programs!  Classroom learning is great, and VBA has a fine in-hive education program at the Intervale, but what about looking in your own hives? It can be very confusing at first.

With this program, beekeepers of any experience level can contact the Mobile Mentors and request an in-hive apiary visit to help them with what they are seeing in their own hives. The Mobile Mentor will do a full inspection and talk you through any questions that you have.

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More than Honey

A new film takes another look at bee's place in our world. More than Honey is a film by Markus Imhoof.

"Over the past fifteen years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remains unknown. Depending on the region of the world, between 50% and 90% of the bees have disappeared, and this epidemic of colossal violence and breadth is still spreading from beehive to beehive - all over the planet."

Workshop Sees 40

About forty people attended the Burlington Intervale beekeeping workshop on preparing for spring presented by Bill Mraz, Scott Wilson & Bill Mares. More images are here. Check the calendar for future workshops. (Photos by David Prior.)

Bear Season

If your apiary has ever experienced a visit from bears you know the bears usually win.

VBA's Immediate Past President Chas Mraz recently enountered a bear in Middlebury prompting this write-up in the Addison Independent.

Here are some tips for protecting your hives.