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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 waxvbaworkshop24050810
  • 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   
  • 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

VBA Leadership 

President: Jack Rath, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice President: Andrew Munkres, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Treasurer: Donna Pollard, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recording Secretary: Steve Silverman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership Secretary: Scott Wilson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Immediate Past President: Michael Willard, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

State Apiculturist: David Tremblay, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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


Who to Contact

Membership: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do you have honey or bee-related products to sell? VBA Members get free listings 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for requests.

Webmaster: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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