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Final Grant Report - USDA and the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

We recently submitted a final report for a two-year grant from the USDA and the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.  The first year helped us to pay some of the cost for our members to attend the Eastern Apicultural Society annual conference held in Burlington in August of 2012.  The second year enabled us to launch our Mobile Mentor program.  


Vermont Technical College - Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems

Below is commentary by Bill Mares through Vermont Public Radio. 


Well, I may not have been a fly on the wall, but I was a figurative bee at the table, representing the Vermont Beekeepers Association. It was a round-table at Vermont Technical College to discuss their new Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems - built upon a $3.4 million federal grant from the U.S. Labor Department to improve job opportunities in rural areas.


Winter Meeting January 28, 2014

Mark your calendars, you won't want to miss the winter meeting.  As always, it's the Tuesday of the Vermont Farm Show - this year on January 28, 2014 at the Champlain Valley Expo.  Taylor Ricketts of UVM will be wowing us with pollinators in the morning and Mike Palmer will delight us with beekeeping how-tos in the afternoon.  Watch for more information and an agenda posted on the website within the next month or so.

Lending a Helping Hand

On Saturday 10/13/2013, eleven VBA and Franklin County Bee Club members had the opportunity to pay it forward, lending a helping hand to Mike Palmer. With Mike’s upcoming trip to the United Kingdom to speak at the National Honey Show, he was behind in the winter preparation of his hives at several bee yards. With great pleasure several club members were able to donate some time to help Mike and his bees.