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Who We Are and What We Do


Since 1886 the VBA has promoted the general welfare of Vermont's Honey Industry, while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.  

The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents hundreds of beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey. We're as diverse as the 246 towns in Vermont, but are unified in our fascination with and affection for bees. Most of us are hobbyists, but there are some side liners who try to make a bit of extra income from their 25-200 hives as well as a handful of full-time professionals. Join Today!

In total, our 9,000 hives produce about 700,000 pounds of honey per year.

We want to help our members become Bee KEEPERS, not Bee HAVERS.  Please look around and get involved! The bees depend on you for their very survival and your satisfaction.

Some of the things we offer:

  • Nurture beginning beekeepers and support experienced ones with tested information and practices 
  • Share information about problems facing bees and their solutions
  • Help develop markets for beekeeping products
  • Be alert to all state and national laws related to beekeeping and the production and marketing of honey and wax
  • Promote understanding between the beekeepers of the state, the nation and the world
  • Promote public awareness of honey bee importance for pollination
  • Foster interactions with the other members of the agricultural community  
  • Help develop programs for young people wanting to become beekeepers   vbaworkshop24050810
  • An ever-growing and user-friendly web site  
  • VBA Newsletters  
  • Mentor lists  
  • Young beekeeper scholarship program  
  • Workshops in northern and middle Vermont  
  • Detailed workshop notes for self-guided learning
  • Winter and summer all-membership meetings  
  • Swarm list  
  • Cookbooks  
  • Discounted subscription (20%) to Bee Culture magazine, when placed by telephone

wilson-carlsonVBA's Scott Wilson talks up beekeeping and the Vermont Beekeepers Association with Kristin Carlson from WCAX News.

What are you doing to promote Vermont beekeeping and products? Whether you are marketing locally or online we'd like to hear your story.

Please email  the VBA with your ideas and we'll share them online.

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VBA Leadership 

President: Jack Rath, president@vermontbeekeepers.org

Vice President: Andrew Munkres, ajmunkres@yahoo.com

Treasurer: Donna Pollard, dgp224@aol.com

Recording Secretary: Steve Silverman, slsilver1000@gmail.com

Membership Secretary: Scott Wilson, membership@vermontbeekeepers.org

Immediate Past President: Michael Willard, michaelkwillard@comcast.net

State Apiculturist: David Tremblay, david.tremblay@vermont.gov

Advisory Board Members: Bill Mares, Mike Palmer, Chas Mraz, Samantha Alger

Who to Contact

Membership: Membership Secretary or click here to join online.

Do you have honey or bee-related products to sell? VBA Members get free ads in the Marketplace. Do you want to submit an article for the newsletter? Are you a VBA member interested in being a mentor or being placed on our crop pollination program or extractors lists? Email the webmaster for requests.

Webmaster: webmaster@vermontbeekeepers.org

Have a problem with Honey Bees? Contact someone on the Swarm Collectors list.