Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

It's Not Easy Being a New Beekeeper!

foldesyIf you're a new beekeeper and missed our recent online workshop - Calling All New and Prospective Beekeepers! -  the video recording is available to members by logging in to the VBA website and looking under the Calendar menu for Past Workshops & Events Recordings

The session was hosted by VBA members, Robin Foldesy and Fred Putnam, who talked about the VBA Training Program, website resources, and upcoming VBA workshops and meetings. They also presented an overview of the ethical and legal requirements of beekeeping. The Powerpoint presentation from the workshop, It's Not Easy Being A New Beekeeper, is available to anyone for review.

VBA 2023 Recognition Program

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It’s about you!

Nominations are due by June 30, 2023

The VBA Recognition Program recognizes the efforts of individuals and entities who provide significant support to honeybees, Vermont beekeepers, and the VBA mission. Read about the program and submit your nomination today! Winners will be announced at the VBA Summer Meeting on August 12.

New Member Benefit..


Cornell Certificate Program

VBA members can sign up for Cornell's Master Beekeeping Certificate program at a substantially discounted rate. The 15-month training program consists of four online classes and three in-person final exams at Cornell's Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies. 

Who should enroll? 

  • Beekeepers seeking advanced depth and breadth of knowledge to increase the success of their operation, extend their business opportunities, and gain credibility as a resource in the beekeeping community
  • Beekeepers with at least 3 years beekeeping experience.

Normally, the cost for registration is $899 but current members of the Vermont Beekeepers Association can join the program at the discounted rate of $599. You can learn more about the program here

If interested in registering, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the code you will need for the discounted rate.

VBA in the Spotlight at the Vermont Flower Show

2.SetUpCrew copySetting up the booth from left, Richard Roy, Bianca Braman, Cheryl Dorschner, Bob Stoddard, Mary Stoddard and Anne Bowers.Cheryl Dorschner summarizes VBA's very successful exhibit at the 2023 Vermont Flower Show last month in her report that includes a slideshow of the hardworking volunteers who "routinely work incredibly together, take leadership, solve problems and scoff at snowstorms. They came from the Canadian to the New Hampshire borders and places in between, from the Champlain basin to the mountain region. And here also is the context of the larger beekeeping and pollinator presence at the Vermont Flower Show of which VBA can be proud to be in its midst."

Kudos to Cheryl (who organized VBA's presence) and all the volunteers! Read more...

New Resource to Support Pollinators

gathering nectarWe often get requests from people wanting to help honey bees and other pollinators. 

It’s helpful to create or maintain a habitat with plant species that bloom from Spring through Fall to provide pollinator forage as consistently as possible throughout the growing season. Having abundant forage and propolis sources is critical to honey bees and other pollinators' health.

A new resource based upon university research in New England and tailored to Vermont by Fred Putnam, Jr. and Jeff Cunningham from the Vermont Beekeepers Association can be helpful to homeowners, landowners, land managers, and consultants who wish to plant or retain species helpful to honey bees and other pollinators.

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VBA at the Vermont Flower Show

2023 Vermont Flower Show

 March 3-5, 2023
Champlain Valley Expo
Essex Junction, VT

After nearly a four-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Vermont Beekeepers Association will be hosting another beautiful display at the 2023 Vermont Flower Show thanks to Cheryl Dorschner and her volunteers.

The show runs from March 3 - 5 and you may buy tickets at the door or online. Come out and support VBA, beekeeping, pollinators and flowers!

VBA Wins "Best of Show"

BREAKING NEWS! Best in Show ribbon for educational booth at @vtfarmshow went to the Vermont Beekeepers Association this afternoon! Woo Hoo!

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VBA Apparel from Lands' End

Do you speak publicly or attend meetings about bees? Staff educational booths or just want to show off that you're a beekeeper?

The Vermont Beekeepers Association is now offering a wide range of high- quality clothing options through Lands’ End Business Catalog, customized with the VBA logo! Here’s how it works:

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