This is the time of year when Vermont homeowners are likely to find swarms of bees in trees, or even within the walls of houses or barns. While frightening to those unfamiliar with it, it is a natural part of a bee's reproductive cycle. Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees - usually to alleviate over-crowding in a hive. When that happens: Call a beekeeper to remove a swarm of bees, not an exterminator.
- Published: 05 June 2019 05 June 2019
H.205, the "Neonics" legislation the Vermont Beekeepers Association has been following, was signed into law by Governor Phil Scott on Tuesday, May 28 and will take effect July 1, 2019.
VBA thanks all Vermont beekeepers who worked with us on getting it passed.
- Published: 30 May 2019 30 May 2019
The Vermont Beekeepers Association Mentor Program is always looking for experienced beekeepers willing to mentor newcomers. We are especially in need of mentors to help cover these areas around the state: Stowe, Moretown, Johnson, Eden, St.Johnsbury, Tunbridge, Westmore and Hartland.
Mentoring is a great way to share your skillset with other beekeepers while promoting best management practices in Vermont.
- Published: 01 May 2019 01 May 2019
VBA Members: As we've been telling you, H.205 is an important piece of legislation that could change beekeeping in Vermont. We ask you to read the following and take action. A good summary of the bill was recently the subject of a VPR commentary by VBA's Bill Mares.
- Published: 15 April 2019 15 April 2019
The LAND of MILK & HONEY
Learn how several thousand beekeepers and several billion bees made history in the small state of Vermont. This book vividly describes two hundred years of beekeeping practices and innovation by Vermonters just like you. Read how they joined the world-wide search for improved ways to harvest world-class honey, maintain these vital pollinators and save them from pathogens, pesticides, pollution, loss of forage and climate change.
Hardcover, approx. 200 pages. List price $30 + $6 shipping ($36 total)
- Published: 02 April 2019 02 April 2019