Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

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

A long time hobby beekeeper and trained in technology education, Gary began working with Marla Spivak when she moved to Minnesota in 1993. Without his hard work, the program would not be what it is today. He maintains the research colonies, helps train and work with students in the field, designs and builds specialty equipment and speaks to beekeeping, student and civic groups.

He plans the Extension short courses and together with Marla teaches beginning as well as experienced beekeepers. His humorous style of teaching helps the classes stay interested and enthusiastic about a sometimes challenging subject. He is a past president of both Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association and Wisconsin Honey Producers Association and director of the American Beekeeping Federation, and remains active in these groups. He still finds time to mange his own colonies, while learning to blacksmith, maintaining an orchard, and helping his wife raise sheep. 


The Vermont Beekeepers Association Annual Summer Meeting will feature a potluck lunch for those individuals wanting to participate.  To help us organize the food choices and make sure there is enough diversity in the food selection we have broken down the alphabet by the first letter of your last name. 

Please see the list below to determine what food category you fall within.  If you have a secret family recipe you are eager to share with everyone, by all means please bring it along.  The food will be setup in the school's home economics room, which will allow us access to the refrigerators for holding cold items and the ovens and outlets for slow cookers or warm items.
First Letter of Your Last Name:
A-I       Salads (vegetable/pasta)
J-R      Main Dish
S-Z      Dessert

Special considerations for everyone:
1.    Due to the increase in food allergies we ask that you bring along a food identification tag stating what the dish is.  This may help individuals with specific allergies to identify what your dish might contain.
2.    If the dish you are making requires a serving implement, we ask that you provide that as well.  The school has a few serving spoons, but not enough to handle the quantity of food we hope to have.
3.    We ask that you label your dishes and serving implements to help avoid any confusion at the end of the day when people are collecting their items.
4.    Historically we have received too many bread items, please keep this in mind when thinking about the favorite dish you are planning to bring.
5.    Although water from drinking fountains will be available please bring your own drinks as none will be available onsite.

Action Request

Over the last few months, a legislative committee has been formed to discuss the hive tax that was proposed by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.  VBA was able to advocate successfully to have the tax tabled and to work with AAFM to see if there was an acceptable alternative (such as using the funds for the new Mobile Mentor program).  The Executive Board of Directors will bring forth an approved proposal at the summer meeting and it will be posted on our website shortly.  The summer meeting is your chance to discuss this proposal and to vote on it.

Donations Needed

In preparation for the VBA Summer Meeting being held on June 22nd at the Fairfax High School in Fairfax, VT, we are asking for your help.

Each year we hold a silent auction to help support the VBA. We are looking for donations to be included in this year's silent auction.

If you have beekeeping goodies or other items you would like to donate, we would be very grateful for your generosity.  All donors will be recognized during the silent auction for their wonderful contributions.  If you would like to donate an item, please contact VBA Recording Secretary Michael Willard at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-849-9884.