Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

Vermont Beekeeping Clubs

Addison County Beekeepers Club On select Wednesdays during January, February, March, and October.  Apiary workshops are hosted in season April through September. Follow the ACBA Facebook page or the VBA calendar meeting details
For information contact: Fred Putnam, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Scott Wilson
Facebook Users:  Addison County Beekeepers
Bennington County Beekeepers Club
For information call: 802-823-7955 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Brownington Beekeepers Group
We meet at the Old Stone House in Brownington, VT. and welcome beekeepers in the Northeast Kingdom.

For information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 610-207-4923 (cell)

Franklin County Beekeeping Club
Meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Fairfield Town Library at 6:30pm.
For information contact: Darci Benoit
Facebook Users: Franklin County Club Facebook Group

Lamoille County Beekeeping Club
04/04/20: Currently Inactive
For information contact:
Facebook Users: Lamoille County Club Facebook Group

Windham County Beekeepers Club
Moore Free Library in Newfane
Contact: Jeff Battaglini at 896-9770 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Foulbrood Guide Update

hbhclogoThe Honey Bee Health Coalition has released a new edition of its guide, "Identifying and Mitigating Foulbrood in Honey Bee Colonies and Reducing the Use of Antibiotics: Information for Beekeepers and Veterinarians."

The guide provides information on identifying, testing for, and mitigating American and European foulbrood.

In Memoriam:

8326550 fbs copyMerril Tittemore

The Vermont Beekeepers Association is sad to report the passing of longtime beekeeper Merril Tittemore of St. Albans. He was a master beekeeper, earning the Vermont Beekeepers Association Beekeeper of the Year Award in 2017 and a "mentor to scores of people who had an interest or passion to learn from one of the best." Most recently he was recognized at the VBA Summer Meeting in September 2022 for his work as a mentor.

More information on his life is available here.  

Recognizing Beekeepers

At the 2022 Summer meeting, the Vermont Beekeepers Association (VBA) recognized several people for their outstanding efforts supporting beekeeping, beekeepers, or honey beesawards2022 1Mentor/mentee pair recipients Jeff Battaglini and Charlotte Neeves, left. Recognition Committee members, Fred Putnam and Anne Bowers, right, made the presentations.. The VBA also encourages participation in the Vermont Beekeeper Certification program.

There are two new Vermont Certified Beekeepers – Deb Pasho of Hartland and Eric Duncan of Corinth. Congrats to both of you for completing the steps needed to attain this distinction!

There were three other categories of recognition: Mentor/Mentee pair, Friend of the Bees, and Mission Superhero(s):

Mentor/Mentee Pairs: Jeff Battaglini and Charlotte Neeves and Merril Tittemore and Matt Callahan for their outstanding and successful efforts at teaching, learning, and helping each other. These are examples of great initiative on the part of the mentees and excellent guidance by the mentors.

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In Memoriam: Pat Mraz

Patricia MrazWe are saddened to report the passing of Patricia Mraz, wife of our own Bill Mraz and father of Chas, on September 10, 2022 in Middlebury.

You may read more of her remarkable life here.

The Vermont Beekeepers Association offers it's sincerest condolences to the Mraz family and everyone at Champlain Valley Apiaries.

Tunbridge Fair - 2022

tunfair9 22Setting up the VBA booth at the 2022 Tunbridge Fair. L to R: Ron Hernandez, Bob & Mary Stoddard, Peter Hadeka, Richard Roy, Bill Mares.


EPA Awards Grant to UVM

The EPA has awarded six grants to advance
"Smart, sensible, and sustainable pest control in agriculture"

The University of Vermont won an award for their project which "aims to help reduce neonicotinoid seed treatments applied to row crops in Vermont by providing education in English and Spanish to more than 1,000 growers on IPM practices"

Details about the EPA's announcement along with a more detailed description of UVM's project are available here.

Winter Hive Prep Online Workshop

Thursday, September 15, 7pm via Zoom

Presented by VBA's Andrew Munkres and Fred Putnam, topics covered include the knowledge you need to help your colonies survive the winter.

Learn about target hive weights, feeding options, winter hive preparations, and much more. Free for VBA members.

Register Today