Beekeeping in Vermont
The Vermont Beekeepers Association is watching the COVID-19 situation and will provide updates on this page.
At this time, all North & South Yard Beekeeping Workshops have been cancelled until further notice. We've sent out an email to members announcing our first online workshop. Registration for this first one is limited to VBA members.
If you are ill and are unable to care for your colonies for any reason, you should reach out via the VBA web page forum (login required) to seek help in caring for them. The State bee inspector, Brooke Decker, encourages beekeepers to seek assistance and to be certain that colonies are cared for even if the owner become incapacitated.
The Vermont Beekeepers Association is proceeding with plans for the summer meeting in Brandon, scheduled for July 11. Of course we, like everyone else, are monitoring the Coronavirus situation and will make a decision as to whether the meeting will take place on the scheduled date. We are already planning alternate dates if it becomes necessary and will provide news on the VBA website and in our emailed Updates to members.
- Last Updated: 19 April 2020 19 April 2020
We are working on possible options to webcast outdoor workshops. Please watch the emailed VBA Update for news.
- Last Updated: 02 April 2020 02 April 2020
by Jeanne Davis
I’ve been thinking about the quality of beeswax for quite a while and I’d like to share some of my developing ideas here. I keep 10-15 colonies of bees in two bee yards in southwest Vermont. My colonies consist of 3 medium hive bodies and shallow honey supers. In 2008 I started thinking a lot about the nature of beeswax to act as a sponge, holding environmental and intentional (beekeeper applied) chemicals. I had already been rotating out older combs but now proceeded to do it more regularly. I marked each frame with the year it was first employed and this helped me see which ones to cycle out first. Over time I’ve pulled out old frames so that I am on a 4=5 year cycle of replacement.
- Last Updated: 26 March 2020 26 March 2020