Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

What Should I be Doing Now?

An Early Summer Workshop for
First-year Beekeepers

Register Today for this Zoom Workshop

Co-hosted by VBA members Fred Putnam, Tony Antonucci, and Jeff Battaglini

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
We are continuing the series of information sessions for new beekeepers focusing on those who just got their bees for the first time.
There will be a short presentation describing things you should be doing or looking out for now and for the next few weeks followed by another AMA session (Ask Me Anything about beekeeping) for first-year beekeepers. More experienced beekeepers are welcome to attend but our focus will be primarily on actions or issues that first-year beekeepers undertake or encounter.
If you are a new beekeeper, we will plan to do additional sessions with seasonal actions as the season progresses. Later, we'll consider how to prep your colony(ies) for winter. Register today as space is limited.

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Spring 2021 Field Report

from Vermont State Apiculturist Brooke Decker


Total number of spring nucleus colonies sold in VT: 2707
Number of packaged bees sold/imported into VT:     882
Number of VT overwintered nucleus colonies sold in VT: 214
Number of spring nucleus colonies inspected: 687
Number of 2021 hive inspections (as of June 1): 725
2021 Honey bee imports, states-of-origin: NY, NH, MA, ME, MS, SC, GA, FL, CA, PA, LA 


Mite sampling on out-of-state nucs for sale is now part of the spring nuc inspection protocol. We are happy to report that none of the nucs sampled were over the 5% (5 mites per 100 bees) threshold. Also, no American foulbrood (AFB) has been found this year.

Brooke Decker
Pollinator Health Specialist/ State Apiculturist
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State Street | Montpelier, Vermont | 05620
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Vermont Apiary Program

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Developing a Bee-Friendly Pasture System

Interested in developing a bee-friendly pasture system?

Explore this recently revised UVM Extension publication describing pasture managed with livestock and what management and forage species considerations can be made to enhance flowering legumes for bees in these systems.

If You Missed Last Night's Workshop...

VBA President Andrew Munkres presented our first workshop of the season last evening aimed at experienced beekeepers. Reversing for Intermediate Beekeepers was followed by an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session allowing people to discuss a variety of topics.

If you missed it, you can watch the presentation as we record our Zoom presentations for later viewing. (Login required.) Simply look on the Calendar menu for Past Workshop recordings to view it and previous workshops.

There is still time to register for the next workshop - Reversing for New Beekeepers - scheduled for Tuesday, May 11 at 7PM.

Spring Workshops Announced

The VBA wants to offer training and education that will be helpful to both new and more experienced beekeepers. While we have yet to return to live, in-person sessions at our bee yards, we are beginning the season with two online workshops that will be held on the Zoom platform.
VBA President Andrew Munkres will present a workshop entitled Reversing for Intermediate Beekeepers at 7:00 PM, Thursday, May 6 via Zoom. If time permits, there will be an AMA* session for intermediate beekeepers.
And on Tuesday, May 11, we will present a video of VBA Past-President Chas Mraz from Champlain Valley Apiaries demonstrating Reversing for New Beekeepers followed by a general AMA* session for new beekeepers.
Both workshops will be presented over Zoom and a link will be emailed to registrants a day before each meeting starts. VBA members may register for these free workshops online.
*AMAs (Ask Me Anything) are free-form question and answer sessions that allow participants to share information. Much fun!