Beekeepers are showing their stuff around the state. The Tunbridge Fair this past week is the organization's major fundraiser event for the year.
And from the Windham County Beekeeper's newsletter, the Windham County Buzz:
"The Golden Honey Festival at the Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville was a lot of fun! Many thanks to Rob Mather for the booth at the fair, the awesome teaching hive, and honey. We also put the banner he donated to the club to good use. (Pictures available here.)
"And more club members to thank: John Robohm lent us his observation hive, which worked out great! Richard Crocker donated some honey and Anne Bebko donated some of her soaps. Both made for a great display! Jeff B brought lots of props and some beeswax for demos.
"Rob, Jeff, and Peter Hadeka (who was right next to us with his own booth) spent the day educating folks about bees and beekeeping. People were enthralled. So nice to see enthusiasm about bees! We signed up a few more members to the club and added to the WCB mailing list. That was a good day."
- Published: 12 September 2019 12 September 2019
The Gund Institute for Environment at UVM invites proposals for the Apis Fund, which supports research and conservation of vital bee pollinators.
Apis Fund proposals can address the ecology, economics, management or cultural importance of pollinators and pollination via research, conservation, training, collaboration or outreach.
Submissions are due Oct. 15, 2019. Awards can range from $2,000 to $5,000. We anticipate funding 3 to 5 projects this year.
- Published: 04 September 2019 04 September 2019
The Agency of Agriculture is pleased to welcome Ms. Brooke Decker as Vermont’s Pollinator Health Specialist. This is Vermont’s first, full-time, pollinator health position and was created by Act 35 in the 2019 legislative session. In this role, Ms. Decker will develop comprehensive strategies to improve the health of Vermont’s pollinators. Ms. Decker will guide the state’s apiary regulatory program, as well as collaboratively develop outreach & education materials and state policy to protect and improve the health of all pollinators in Vermont.
- Published: 03 September 2019 03 September 2019
VBA's Scott and Valarie Wilson, along with Bill Mares, provided honey tasting samples during this event in support of the VBA and beekeeping.
The Vermont Fresh Network’s signature event is the Annual Forum dinner, which brings over 75 chefs and food producers to the shores of Lake Champlain to present the best meal of the summer at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn.
- Published: 04 August 2019 04 August 2019
The Vermont Beekeeper’s Association created the Vermont Beekeeper Recognition Program (formerly the Beekeeper of the Year Award) to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Vermont beekeepers and others who support beekeeping in Vermont and have provided outstanding service to the VBA. The intent is to recognize lifetime achievement rather than contributions in a single year and to encourage and retain membership in the VBA or other supporting entities.
The nomination form is available to current VBA members and describes the categories of recognition. You may submit as many entries as you like and entries will be retained for two years.
Deadlines for nominations:
April 1 for Summer meeting recognition categories: (Outstanding efforts on honeybee education, Mission superhero)
November 1 for Winter meeting recognition categories: (Beekeeper of the Year, Outstanding efforts by a Mentor and Mentee, Friend of the Bees)
Complete category descriptions along with the online nomination form are available on the VBA website in the Members Only area. (Login required)
- Published: 31 July 2019 31 July 2019
A very few scenes from the 2019 VBA Summer Meeting in Townshend on the 13th.
From left: Dr. Humberto Boncristiani, VBA Recording Secretary Fred Putnam presents Cheryl Dorschner with the new VBA Mission Superhero award for her work organizing the VBA booth at the 2019 Vermont Flower Show, Windham County Beekeepers President Jeff Battaglini (holding the mic) and WCB Raffle organizer Jill Dean at left, and Bill Mares and Scott Wilson's arm presenting Dannah Beauragard with her Vermont Certified Beekeeper patch. A good day all around!
- Published: 16 July 2019 16 July 2019