We're resurrecting a feature on the site called Opportunities for VBA members. These opportunities may be ways for you to help other beekeepers, schools, the general public or area orchardists needing pollination services. There really is no limitation to what is possible.
The first new listing is for someone in need of pollination services. VBA members can get the details by logging in to the VBA website and looking under the Members Only menu for Opportunities.
A Vermont beekeeper has a duty to other beekeepers and the general public in knowing the laws that apply to beekeeping in Vermont.
Vermont State Apiarist and Food Safety Specialist David Tremblay reminds us that he is concerned about uninspected bees coming into Vermont and these bees then not being registered or inspected. It is acceptable to ask the honeybee supplier if their bees have been inspected and to view the inspection certificate.
David Robert Prior, 59, of Shelburne, Vermont, passed away on Friday, April 27, after an eight year battle with cancer. An active member of the Vemont Beekeepers Association, David is known for his love of family,friends, antiques, bees, Hermit Island (Maine), and his dogs, Cooper and Eli. He took great pride in being able to return to live in Vermont after many years away. He is survived by his wife, Kristin, who has been an amazing caregiver throughout his illness and his beloved son, Lynden.
Looking for Northern-raised queens or nucs? Supplies are limited but you might want to check with suppliers listed on our revamped Marketplace listings (on the top menu). We're rearranging things a bit to emphasize northern honeybee providers. We've also separated the listings so beekeeping equipment has its own listing.
And we're working on establishing a web store so you can buy VBA hats and books in addition to paying your membership dues online.
The BIP annual survey of honey bee losses is now live. If you have an interest in participating please click the link below.