Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

Sweet Days at the Tunbridge Fair - 2018

tunb2018 2smFrom left to right: Ron Hernandez, Tony Antonucci & John Mcneil



...with Bill Mares and Scott Wilson

The Allurements of Theorists

"The Allurements of Theorists" is an article from a simpler time, written in language that reflects the era.

Bee culture is a very profitable as well as fascinating pursuit, yet in choosing it as a profession a person must be very sure he likes it above all other trades, or he will not be very sure to make a success of it. The trade a person engages in is never to blame for the failure of the person who has adopted it. If you like your team you will take good cwhitemountainapare of it ; just so with your trade, no matter what it may be. After having made sure you like bee keeping as a trade, make up your mind to drive it well, and never let it drive you. 

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"Added Sugar" Labels Update

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says new guidance about added sugars that will provide an alternate labeling option for pure maple syrup and honey will be released next year.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Thursday that the new rules will provide “a path forward for pure, single-ingredient” maple syrup and honey products that does not involve an “added sugars” declaration along with the nutritional facts.

Congratulations Dr. Samantha Alger!

alger9218VBA Advisory Board Member Samantha Alger has successfully defended her Ph.D. and is now officially Dr. Samantha Alger!

Her work has aided both the scientific and beekeeping communities to better understand how disease transmission between bee species occurs.

In addition, we applaud her ability to channel newly gained scientific knowledge into useful tools and recommendations for beekeepers in this state. We look forward to Dr. Alger’s bright future and offer her congratulations for her amazing achievement.

Dr. Alger will be facilitating a partnership between VBA and the UVM Beekeeping Club - one of the topics discussed at the last VBA board meeting.


Congratulations Michael Palmer


EAS 2018 honors Michael Palmer with the Divelbiss Award
For Outstanding Apicultural Contributions

Fred Putnam Jr. speaking at Killington Town Office

If you happen to bee in Killington on August 8, 11:00 A.M. buzz on over to the Killington Town office to hear Fred teach kids about honeybees, beekeeping,  culminating with a fabulous Vermont honey tasting.This is part of the Town of Killington kids summer camp organized by the Town of Killington Recreation Director,  Cathy Foutch.

Tunbridge Fair Volunteers Needed

A VBA Volunteer is still needed for the following shift at Tunbridge Fair!

Saturday - Sept 15th - 1pm to 5pm

  • We need your email address, home address and phone # so we can send the ticket for attendance. Contact Bob Haven directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Peter Hadeka Talks Bees at VINS

VBA Ambassador Extraordinaire Peter Hadeka was at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) Incredible Insect Festival on July 7 and reports success!vins20182sm

"They had a tent and table, chairs, all ready for me.  I brought some props, super with new and used frames, smoker, VBA brochures, some honey, for tasting and a little to sell.  I also borrowed an observation hive from Bob Davin in Hubbardton.  That was a big hit for sure.  Not only the kids but the adults were thrilled to see a Queen etc. 

vins20183sm"They said that they had 450 visitors and many of them wandered around and visited my display.  The weather improved so it was a delightful day for sure. (Fairly close to my set up they had a couple of presentations with live birds of prey.  Many of them flying between two people.  Pretty impressive display.)
The festival ran from 10 to 5.  I was set up before 10 and left after 5.  Never sat down the whole time."
If you are interested in helping us promote beekeeping in Vermont and the VBA please contact us.