Have you thought about keeping bees? This is the opportunity to learn more about these vital and fascinating creatures providing so much of our food. The instructors have over 50 years of experience among them. The three sessions will enlighten, and maybe inspire, you to start a few hives of your own or learn more about your bee passion. Plenty of question-and-answer time and all the info needed to start your own operation.

Taught by VBA's Bill Mares, this is a great way to begin your beekeeping journey. Bill's co-teacher will be Deborah Rubin. Read more and register online.

Raised in Texas, educated at Harvard, Bill Mares has been a journalist, a high school teacher (here at CVU) and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He has authored or co-authored 18 books on a range of topics.   He had kept bees for over 45 years, and has been president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and the Eastern Apicultural Society. With Mike Willard,  and others, he has taught over 800 novice beekeepers in this ACCESS class. He is the co-author with Ross Conrad and others of the newly-published  history of beekeeping in Vermont, "The Land of Milk and Honey." (Green Writers Press)

Deborah Rubin has worked as a hobbyist beekeeper off and on for the past 10 years. She has had the privilege of being mentored by Bill Mares. She recently joined the hale group in the production of BTV honey. She is presently (mostly) retired as an Attending Physician in Radiation Oncology and has taught at UVMMC as Associate Professor in Radiology.