Vermont Beekeepers Association

Who We Are and What We Do

Vermont Beekeepers AssociationSince 1886 the VBA has promoted the general welfare of Vermont's Honey Industry, while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.  

The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents hundreds of beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey. We’re as diverse as the 246 towns in Vermont, but are unified in our fascination with and affection for bees. Most of us are hobbyists, but there are some “side liners” who try to make a bit of extra income from their 25-200 hives as well as a handful of full-time professionals. Join Today!

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A meeting to explore formation of a Northeast Kingdom beekeepers club will be held November 18 at 7 p.m. at the University of Vermont Extension Offices, 397 Railroad Street, Suite 3, St.Johnsbury, VT 05819.

VBA President Bill Mares will attend to talk about this and other up-coming VBA activities.

For further information, contact Lauren Jarvi 802/751-8662 or


From VBA Member Annie Watson at Thistle Hill Apiary and Gardens in New Haven comes this great image from the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison and a lesson...wildhive

"It seems the days of this small swarm colony are numbered...And yet they valiantly work to bring in the last of the nectar.

"A lesson for us humans, to carry on and keep trying to solve the problems... even when it seems a pointless endeavor...Never to give up. This is a practical lesson, but one for our hearts as well."

If you are a VBA member and have an interesting picture or story about bees and beekeeping we would like to feature it on the VBA website. We are looking for articles and images that tell your story or show your bee yards. Be creative! Please forward any submissions to and we'll post them in a "Members Gallery".

VBA members: New to the site or forgot your password? Please select the Forgot your password? link to the left and instructions for accessing your account will immediately be emailed to you.