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Are you interested in beekeeping but unable to fully participate? If so, the VBA's Bee a Host program is designed for you! There are beekeepers throughout the state seeking locations to set their bee colonies. By submitting the form below VBA member beekeepers looking for apiary locations can contact you. After you submit the form we send your contact information to our membership and if anyone is able to match with you they will contact you directly. No need to further contact us! (Although we would very much like to hear about your experience.)
You'll be supporting beekeeping in Vermont and will likely learn quite a bit along the way!
Please note: Any arrangements made between a property owner and beekeeper are between the parties involved. The Vermont Beekeepers Association has no involvement other than providing this service to bring beekeepers and interested property owners together. VBA will not disclose or share any information entered on this form. If you'd like your listing removed, please let us know. We will maintain your listing for two years after which it will be deleted. Due to COVID-19 there is a good chance you will not receive any contact. Also, please make sure any contact follows current social distancing standards. (More information: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19.)
When talking with a beekeeper, you should make sure there is an understanding there needs to be contact with the State Apiculturist to determine if there have been any diseases in the area. In general, beekeeping colonies should be kept two miles from the nearest colony. Please see the requirements for establishing an apiary for an explanation and to understand the differences between placing hives for pollination purposes and establishing an apiary. The full text of Vermont apiary inspection law is available here.
VBA Members: Login to the site and, under Members Only look for the Bee a Host link. You'll be able to view any submissions and search for possible hosts by town or county.