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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VBA Winter Meeting

January 29th, 2013 8:45am-3:30pm
Champlain Valley Exposition – Essex Junction, VT
Blue Ribbon Pavilion – McEwing/Steven Rooms

Tentative Agenda (PDF) - Please Download, Print & Bring to the Meeting

(Note: There are food vendors on-site or plan on brown-bagging your lunch.)

Guest Speaker: Peter Vichos

Peter Vichos is a third generation beekeeper from Kemptville, Ontario. Peter’s beekeeping history dates back to 1948 when his father started keeping bees for a living. Peter has been keeping bees since he was teenager, working with his father while learning the ropes of a successful beekeeping business.

In April of 1996 after quitting his job as an engineer, Peter purchased his first 400 colonies. At the same time he was also helping his father (who was in the process of retiring) run his 300 colonies. Peter now manages around 1,400 colonies.

Peter will be discussing the management techniques and skills he uses to manage his 1,400 colonies. He is not a migratory beekeeper, rather he keeps bees like most of us do. It has been said that Peter yields honey crops about 4 times our Vermont average.

Peter sells his honey in bulk to various honey packers across Canada, the U.S. and the EU.

Please join us for a wonderful day of learning as we listen to Peter Vichos’ experience as a commercial beekeeper.