Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

VBA Workshops (listed below in green) are held on Saturdays from 11am - 1pm weather permitting unless otherwise noted. Rain days are the following day. Workshops go into the bees and open colonies, so you are encouraged to bring a veil and bee suit if necessary. VBA Workshops are free and open to the public and are an excellent introduction to beekeeping. (Exceptions to that rule will be posted here.) Unless otherwise noted, all VBA Workshops are held at the Northern Yard - directions below. If an event requires registration, a link to a registration page will be provided.


If a workshop or event is cancelled due to weather, we will post a message here.

VBA Classes & Workshops

VBA North & South Yard Workshops are cancelled until further notice. We are using Zoom to conduct online workshops.

Beekeeping Basics

Classes for beginning beekeepers have been available at Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) for many years. These classes are taught by instructors with over 50 years beekeeping experience between them and are a perfect way to begin your beekeeping journey. While these classes require a modest fee, they are an excellent way to get started!

Have you thought about keeping bees? This is the opportunity to learn more about these vital and fascinating creatures providing so much of our food. The instructors have over 50 years of experience among them. The three sessions will enlighten, and maybe inspire, you to start a few hives of your own or learn more about your bee passion. Plenty of question-and-answer time and all the info needed to start your own operation.

Taught by VBA's Bill Mares, this is a great way to begin your beekeeping journey. Bill's co-teacher will be Deborah Rubin. Read more and register online.


The Vermont Beekeepers Association offers hands-on training workshops for beekeepers of all levels. These workshops are generally free and are also open to the public; no experience necessary. The workshops are designed to parallel the Vermont beekeeping season starting off with unpacking hives for Spring and finishing with preparing the hives for Winter. In between the two you will learn how to identify common hive issues, hive management techniques, honey extraction and general good beekeeping practices. VBA workshop instructors will be available to you on specific Saturdays starting in April ending in September. See the VBA calendar for the dates and times.

VBA Workshops are usually held in the following two locations (but please check the calendar because the locations occaisionally change):

The North Yard is located at The Gardeners Supply, 128 Intervale Rd, Burlington, VT 05401. The apiary is located behind the Gardeners building. Access the apiary via the grassy area between the Gardeners building and the barns. Look for signs. Bring a veil and all your questions and concerns.

The South Yard is located at 305 Blood Hill Rd, West Windsor, VT 05089.

From the North: Take route 91 to exit 9. Turn right at the end of the ramp. After one mile (just past a Mobil gas station), go left onto route 12 North. After 1.5 miles, turn left onto Brownsville Road. (A church will be on your right once you turn). After about 4.9 miles, turn right onto Blood Hill Road (a pink trailer will be at the turning). The bee yard is .3 miles up Blood Hill Road. Signs will be posted.

From the South: If coming up route 5 from the Ascutney exit, take a left at the first lights in Windsor onto Route 44. If coming over the Windsor covered bridge, go straight at the lights onto route 44. Stay on route 44 for 6 miles until you are in the center of Brownsville. Go right onto the Hartland-Brownsville Road for 2.2 miles. Turn left onto Blood Hill Road (a pink trailer will be at the turning). The bee yard is .3 miles up Blood Hill Road. Signs will be posted.

Bring a veil and all your questions and concerns.



Workshops at the Intervale

Workshop Sees 40

About forty people attended the Burlington Intervale beekeeping workshop on preparing for spring presented by Bill Mraz, Scott Wilson & Bill Mares. Check the calendar for future workshops. (Photos by David Prior.)


Other Meetings, Workshops & Events

Other Meetings, Workshops & Events

Organic Beekeeping For Beginners

Where: Metta Earth Institute, 334 Geary Rd. South, Lincoln, Vermont
When: May 18 (9-5) & May 19 (9-5) and May 25 (9-5) & May 26 (9-5) - DATE JUST ADDED
Description: This two-day intensive covers all the basics of what you will need to know to get started with bees. We cover the history of beekeeping, equipment, types of hives, bee biology, pest and disease control, harvesting, and overwintering. Class will include and live hive demonstration if weather permits.
Fee: $95 per person (includes course text: Natural Beekeeping 2nd Edition)
To Register Call Ross: 802-349-4279
Scholarships Available: For folks who want to take a course but don't feel they can afford it, a very limited number of scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of the Honeydrop Beverage company of Brooklyn, NY. The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee.  To apply for a scholarship, just send a letter or email explaining your interest in beekeeping and why you feel you deserve to receive a scholarship rather than someone else. Deadline for applications is March 4, 2012.
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2013 Summer Meeting

VBA 2013
Summer Meeting

June 22nd, 2013
8:45am (Registration & Refreshments) - 3:30pm
BFA Fairfax High school
75 Hunt Street Fairfax, Vermont 05454

Guest Speaker: Gary Reuter
University of Minnesota Department of Entomology

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