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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 Lessons

New Beekeeping Grant Lessons Learned

New beekeepers have lots of lessons to learn and experienced beekeepers have even more lessons to learn: beekeeping is all about learning. In the spring of 2010 through the spring of 2011 the Vermont Beekeepers Association worked with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets to procure funds from the USDA Specialty Crop Development Block Grant to fund new beekeeper's start up costs for 17 Vermonters.

One of the requirements of this grant was for the new beekeepers to share the top five things that they learned. These are compiled below in no particular order. I think you'll agree that these beekeepers have a sense of humor and learned quite a bit in their first year.

--Kim Greenwood

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VPT is Cooking Apples and Honey...

...and You Can Help!

Two of Vermont's signature crops get the spotlight Sept. 10 on Vermont Public Television when Vermont_Public_TV_imagechef Sean Buchanan hosts an all-new, live "VPT Cooks: Apples & Honey." Sean will be joined by local cooks demonstrating their favorite sweet and savory recipes using fresh Vermont apples and honey.

That's where you come in. VPT is looking for favorite home recipes featuring apples or honey, We'll use them in the program's companion cookbook during our live fundraising broadcast. Dont be shy - we want your favorites! It's a great opportunity to get a little recognition (recipe donors are cited in the book), and to share your favorite dishes with your neighbors.

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"Please Support the Highways BEE Act"

Please sign on to support this act about preserving habitat and forage plants along our highways. This is H.R. 2381 and has just been introduced. It's supported by many organizations including the American Beekeeping Federation and the American Honey Producers Association.beehiway_sm

Loss of habitat is a big issue for many pollinators, honeybees not the least of which, as well as birds, bats, and butterflies. Reducing mowing would preserve habitat as well as reduce pollution and local and state transportation costs. More info and the support letter to sign can be found at http://pollinator.org/BEEAct.htm.

Thank you -- Annie

(I took the picture above 3 days ago on the roadside in front of my home. A honey bee gathers nectar and pollen from a chicory flower. These flowers bloom along roadsides all over Vermont. When the state (or town) comes by and mows the roadside, the flowers are cut -- and no more food for bees and other pollinators, and habitat reduction for birds. What about poison parsnip? Well, according to various authorities on the subject, mowing at this time of year only serves to spread the seeds of the poison parsnip, which have now formed -- furthering the spread of this invasive plant.)

My Life as a Bee Keeper

Bill Smith is the newest Vermont Certified Beekeeper. He provided us with his thoughts on beekeeping in Vermont and the VBA...vba2

My life as a bee keeper started about 9 or 10 years ago. I was frustrated year after year trying to persuade a local bee keeper to put a couple of hives in my orchard. I got fed up to the point I decided to get my own hives, not wanting to be a bee keeper at all but seeing no alternative.

I picked up a nuc colony the next spring and joined the VBA. Things were going great with my hive when I signed up at the VBA summer meeting to work the Tunbridge Fair that September with a more experienced bee keeper.

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