VBA Past-President Kim Greenwood has been appointed by Governor Phil Scott as deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Greenwood, who currently serves on the VBA's Advisory Board has been with the department since 2015.
Kim lives in Duxbury with her husband Ian Ormon, where they run Camel’s Hump Honey. The complete announcement is available here.
- Published: 12 October 2019 12 October 2019
Montpelier, VT | October 7, 2019 – The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces grants totaling $305,929 for eight projects to benefit Vermont fruit, vegetable, and value-added producers and increase consumer access to locally produced food. These grants, funded through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), were awarded to seven agricultural organizations to undertake a range of technology development, research, education, marketing, and program-building projects. The grants will leverage an additional $203,468 in matching funds.
Of particular interest to Vermont beekeepers is a grant for the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to improve available resources for pest and disease monitoring, diagnosis, and education for Vermont beekeepers and the Vermont Apiary Inspection Program ($52,000).
Read the complete announcement here.
- Published: 08 October 2019 08 October 2019
Beekeepers Helping Beekeepers
Continuing education looms as a priority in the beekeeping community. The Vermont Beekeepers Association offers two options to satisfy this need, the Mentoring Program and the Vermont Certified Beekeeper Program. The two programs go hand in hand but are different in organization and focus.
This excellent article in October's American Bee Journal, by Melissa Moore, describes the VBA's program.
- Published: 07 October 2019 07 October 2019
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