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VBA's Mobile Mentor Program

VBA's Mobile Mentor Program

Thanks to a USDA Specialty Crop Development Block Grant through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, the Vermont Beekeepers Association (VBA) is undertaking the second part of a two-year grant. The first year provided reimbursement for attendance at the EAS conference in August of 2012.   For the second part of the grant in 2013:

VBA will provide to its members cost-sharing for the service of one of five expert Vermont Certified Beekeepers to visit their homes/beehives and teach them – hands-on – about what they are seeing: disease prevention and detection, good beekeeping practices and ensure that they have the knowledge and confidence to be successful at raising bees and producing honey.

This document provides information about the requirements of the grant program as well as how to apply to become a one of five geographically dispersed Mobile Mentors (MM). These Mobile Mentors will receive $250 and be required to visit a minimum of five apiaries/beekeepers in their region.  The application deadline has been extended.

Why Buy [Local] Honey?

More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn’t exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done exclusively for Food Safety News.

Website Updates Coming

Website Updates Comingvba2sm

The VBA website is getting a makeover. In addition to a new look, members will soon have the ability to renew their membership online and prospective members will be able to join the Vermont Beekeepers Association by paying with a credit card.

VBA members got the opportunity to vote on two prospective designs for the new site at the Vermont Farm Show as part of the VBA's Winter Meeting. The winning choice is shown here. (Click to enlarge the image. Note the picture is a design mock-up and and is shown to illustrate the "look" and not the content! Bee yard pictures come to us courtesy of Ted Albers.)

"Liquid Rope Coil Effect"

We've all admired the beauty of honey as it runs out of the extractor and forms a coil. This is called the "Liquid Rope Coil Effect". This video explains that phenomenon using honey.