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VBA 2011 Summer Meeting News

Vermont Beekeepers Association
Summer Meeting

Saturday, August 6, 2011, 9:15 AM– 4:00 PM

Brown's River Middle School
20 River Rd, Jericho, VT

Hosted by the Chittenden County Beekeepers Club

Our speaker will be Jennifer Berry. Jennifer is the apicultural research coordinator and lab manager at the University of Georgia honey bee lab. She is actively involved in all aspects of honey bee research and education. Her research emphasis has been a queen breeding program and incorporating IPM for mite and beetle control. Besides her day job, Jennifer runs a side business selling queens and nucs. She is also a regular columnist for Bee Culture magazine and travels extensively to speak to local, state, national, and international beekeeping associations. In 2006 she was the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) President and hosted a very successful meeting in Young Harris, Georgia.

Jennifer will be speaking about the sub-toxic effects of pesticides.

A complete meeting agenda will be published soon!

Lt. Gov. Spends the Day With Bees

Thursday, Lt. Governor Phil Scott worked another shift on his "Vermont Everyday Jobs" tour ltgov32alongside some rather intimidating co-workers: tens of thousands of bees.

Scott worked with Michael Palmer of French Hill Apiary in St. Albans, who's been in the bee-raising business for more than 35 years. Palmer trained the "new-bee" Lt. Governor on safe bee handling techniques, and showed him how to make up mating nucleus colonies, or "mating nucs," which help to start new hives. In this process, part of each hive is split off into a smaller box without their queen, and a new queen cell is introduced the following day. When the queen hatches, she flies off and mates, and returns to the nucleus hive to lay thousands of eggs.

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Relying on Dandelion


This letter from the Bennington Banner was recently passed along to us.

Help for a Summer School Program

VBA has been contacted by a school group interested in beekeeping:

"We are designing a farm to table theme for our summer school program. We will have a small group (approximately 5) students and were wondering if you could recommend someplace that we could tour to see bees in action. We are based out of East Randolph in central Vermont. Do you know of anyone close by who might be willing to spend some time with us?"

If you are able to help please contact Christalee Kinney, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (As always, if you do get involved please let us know how it turns out!)