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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I wear reading glasses so that I can read and also to see deep into cells. When wearing the glasses I cannot focus on more than a foot away. The other day, during a dearth period, a pesky big blackish wasp kept trying to gain entrance into a hive. It would come near the entrance, I'd smoke it, and it would retreat. However, it really wanted in and kept coming back. After the third smoking/retreat sequence I had to take the glasses off to clearly see what this bug was all about. It turns out this was not a wasp but a very nice sized queen bee returning from a mating flight. Glasses are good but mated queens are better...The hive is now thriving.