Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

Agenda for VBA Winter Meeting

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Location: Champlain Valley Exposition
105 Pearl St. Essex Junction, VT 05452

Expo North, A and B Conference Rooms

8:30 AM Setup, Registration

9:00 AM Welcome

9:15 AM Honey Contest winners

9:30AM Bee inspector’s Report, Brooke Decker, VT Agency of Agriculture

9:45 AM Vermont Honeybee Diagnostic Lab, Samantha Alger, PhD, UVM

10:00 Keynote PresentationSeasonal Management: How I Manage My Apiary through the Year Michael Palmer, French Hill Apiary, St Albans, VT

11:30 AM Business Meeting

Membership Report – Fred Putnam, Jr

Secretary’s Report – Fred Putnam, Jr

Beekeeper Awards– Fred Putnam, Jr

Treasurer’s Report – Richard Roy

Certification Committee –Ross Conrad

Librarian’s Report – Marilyn Post

Apiary Committee and Workshop Report – Bill Mares and Jeffrey Hamelman

Fair Committee – Bill Mares

12:30 Lunch On your own

1:30 PM Workshops: Session 1 Challenges and Opportunities for Vermont Beekeepers Moderator Kim Greenwood

There are exciting developments for Vermont beekeepers including the new Vermont Honeybee Disease Laboratory at UVM led by Samantha Alger and our new Apiary inspector Brooke Decker. There are also some challenges facing our bees. This will be a panel discussion of some of the current issues facing our bees and beekeepers. Bring your ideas and questions. Topics will include:

Beekeeping education in Vermont

Low honey prices and adulterated honey

How can the VBA help promote high quality pure Vermont honey?

Preventing the entry of honeybee diseases and pests into Vermont

What else can the VBA do to promote our industry and craft?

2:30 PM Workshops Session 2

Track A:  Beginning Beekeeping Topics

Track B:  Beekeeping in Slovenia

4:00 VBA Adjourn


Michael Palmer

We are very fortunate to have beekeepers like Mike Palmer in our midst. Mike has owned and operated French Hill Apiaries in St Albans for many years. Currently he has about 1000 hives, raises queens and produces nucleus colonies. Mike is passionate about the merits and benefits of local bees and has taught his program of producing queens and overwintered nucleus colonies. He strongly advocates that beekeepers should produce their own replacement stock. Mike has taught and spoken extensively not only in the US but around the world. He is a frequent lecturer at the Eastern Apicultural Society meetings and in 2018 Mike was honored with the Divebliss award for outstanding efforts in education of the public about honeybees.

Mike will speak about how he manages French Hill Apiary through the beekeeping year. This will be an interesting and beneficial presentation for beekeepers of all experience levels.

Beginning Beekeeping

This popular session will cover topics suitable and important for beginning beekeepers

Beekeeping in Slovenia

In October VBA members Rebecca and Dave Baczewski and Jack and Sarah Rath visited Slovenia on a beekeeping tour. Slovenia is a bit smaller than Vermont with a population of 2 million and borders Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy. There are about 20,000 beekeepers managing 200,000 hives. The interest and enthusiasm for bees and all hive products is remarkable.


4:00 VBA Adjourn