Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

EAS 2012 - An Invitation to Vermont

The Vermont Beekeepers Association is playing host to EAS 2012, August 13-17, 2012 in Burlington. Here's a preview:


VBA Article Submission Guidelines

Write for the Vermont Beekeepers Association

The Vermont Beekeepers Assocation is always looking for articles and photos from members for our website and newsletter.

VBA Members: You may submit articles and photos online simply by logging into the site using your member username and password. wpdf18c507

Once you login to the site look in the User Menu on the screen for a link labeled Submit an Article which will open our submission form. (If you'd like to submit a link to another website you can use the Submit a Web Link choice which opens a different form you can use.) From there you can type your story. Or you can use copy and paste to insert your text. Note that sometimes the copy & paste function doesn't work the way you'd expect. This text box is best for short articles. If you have something longer we suggest submitting a document using the form's attachment buttons which allow you to send us images or document files. You can also upload photos from the same screen. When typing your article please consider the "style" of the site. While there may be the option to use many fancy fonts, ask yourself if that would be appropriate when looking at other articles.

Stories are accepted on Vermont-related beekeeping-related topics. In other words, we are looking for stories written by you. Once your article is uploaded we will place it in the appropriate location of the site (or contact you for further information) if it is accepted for use. Please make sure you have the right to use the information submitted and/or permission from the copyright holder. 

VBA Members who would like to promote their business are invited to submit a short description for inclusion on our Marketplace pages. Please look at the current listings for examples.

Photo/Graphics guidelines:

Please upload your images in webp, jpg, png or gif formats, preferably sized no larger than 1600 x 1600 pixels. Image filename extensions should be in lowercase - in other words, picture.jpg is a valid name while picture.JPG is not. Also, image filenames should not have spaces in them since some web browsers cannot see those spaces properly. Images may be inserted into article pages the same way you do it with your word processor. While working in the editor, look for the Insert/Edit Image icon on the toolbar to upload and insert images. (If you choose to email photos you must resize them so their horizontal or vertical resolution is no greater than 1600 pixels.)

Ideally, any images you provide should be optimized for use on the web. Your camera is capable of taking high-resolution photos but that resolution isn't necessary for online purposes. Typically, cameras default to  240 or 300ppi (pixels per inch) resolution. An image submitted for a webpage works fine when the resolution is 72ppi and has the added benefit of making the display page load faster - an important consideration for areas lacking high-speed internet service. Here's a good explanation of camera resolution.

Most cameras come with imaging software that allows you to manipulate your photos and many cameras, and most phones, allow in-device editing of images. If you have difficulty using those features or are unable to edit your images on oyur computer there are many free online tools, like this image resizer, that can do it for you.

When inserting images into submitted articles please keep in mind how they will appear on the page. A large image can overwhem the page. When you upload and insert an image you can very easily reduce the size of it as it appears in the article by selecting it with your mouse and "dragging" the image corners to shrink or enlarge it much as you would with your word processor or presentation program. If you have questions, please ask.

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VBA 2011 Winter Meeting Agenda

Vermont Beekeepers Association
Since 1886

Winter Meeting Agenda
Mutuo Club, 20 Beckley St., Barre - January 25, 2011

8:45                 Setup, Registration, & Refreshments

9:15                 Welcome - President Bill Mares

9:20                Bee Inspector's Report, Steve Parise, VT Dept. of Agriculture

9:45                Business Meeting

  • Secretary’s Report - Jeff Hamelman
  • Treasurer’s Report - Rick Stoner
  • Membership Report - Valarie Wilson
  • Librarian’s Report - Bill Marcinkowski

Committee Reports

  • Apiary Committee - Bill Mares
  • Fair Committee - Bill Mares/Doug Ouellette
  • Website Committee - Greg Smela
  • Certification Committee - Ross Conrad

10:30               Morning Session

  • Speaker: Paul Kozak, Provincial Apiarist, Province of Ontario
    Topic: Ontario Bee Breeding Program

11:30               Report on EAS 2012 and 2011. Reps from EAS and the VT Committee

12:00               Lunch – BRING YOUR OWN! (NO POTLUCK THIS YEAR, SORRY!)


1:00                Afternoon Session

  • Speaker: Paul Kozak, Provincial Apiarist, Province of Ontario
    Topic: Ontario Tech Transfer Team

 2:15                “Sizing Up” Thoughts and Discussion about Selling Your Own Products

 3:15                Local Clubs Update

Summer Meeting - Saturday, August 6, 2011 
Camel’s Hump Middle School, 173 School St., Richmond
sponsored by Chittenden County Beekeepers

3:30                 Adjourn

A Tribute to Gordon Oakes

Tribute to Gordon Oakes by Bill Mares

Gordon H. Oakes, one of the giants of Northeast Kingdom beekeeping, died on Oct. 18, 2010 at the age of 85.  oakes

Gordon was a man of many talents. He was an Army veteran. He worked on Comerford Dam during its construction and as road commissioner for the Town of Concord. He was a gunsmith and mechanic and even owned a furniture store.  But aside from his family, his real love was his hobby of beekeeping, which he did for over 50 years. 

Scores of beekeepers came to his place on Old Center Rd. in St. Johnsbury to learn about bees and just talk about them. Until the end, he made hive calls at the drop of a hat.  At VBA meetings he and Lucille would come and sit right up at the front, and participate.  He kept up with changes in the industry.

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From VBA Member Annie Watson at Thistle Hill Apiary and Gardens in New Haven comes this great image from the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison and a lesson...wildhive

"It seems the days of this small swarm colony are numbered...And yet they valiantly work to bring in the last of the nectar.

"A lesson for us humans, to carry on and keep trying to solve the problems... even when it seems a pointless endeavor...Never to give up. This is a practical lesson, but one for our hearts as well."

If you are a VBA member and have an interesting picture or story about bees and beekeeping we would like to feature it on the VBA website. We are looking for articles and images that tell your story or show your bee yards. Be creative! Please forward any submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll post them in a "Members Gallery".

VBA members: New to the site or forgot your password? Please select the Forgot your password? link and instructions for accessing your account will immediately be emailed to you.

Spring is Coming...

“Many native Vermonters have ingrained respect for the nutritional wisdom of the bee,winterhive which goes into the fields and selects the materials for the making of a perfect food. With bees there are no new ways of checking the quality of the flowers it visits to obtain nectar. It knows if and when flowers aren’t up to its standards and moves along to others.  In Vermont one sometimes hears the saying, ‘We’ve got to trust someone—why not let it be the bee?’  The saying is more truth than poetry.”  As quoted by Vermont Doctor, D.C. Jarvis, M.D. Folk Medicine.

VBA Member Photo Gallery

VBA Member Photos