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2013 Summer Meeting Agenda

Vermont Beekeepers Association - 2013 Summer Meeting Agenda
BFA Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VT
June 22nd, 2013

8:45 - Setup, Registration
9:15 - Welcome - President Chas Mraz
9:20 - Bee Inspector's Report, Steve Parise, VT Agency of Agriculture

  • Apiary Statistics report

10:00 - Morning Session – Gary Reuter, University of Minnesota Varroa Life Cycle and Control
11:20 - Presentation of Vermont Beekeeper of the Year Award – Michael Willard
11:30 - Business Meeting

  • Membership Report – Steve Silverman
  • Secretary’s Report - Michael Willard
  • Treasurer’s Report – Steve Silverman
  • Certification Committee – Bill Mares
  • Librarian’s Report - Curtis Middleton
  • Website Report – Greg Smela
  • Apiary Committee Report – Bill Mares (Hives at Intervale)
  • Fair Committee – Bill Mares/Doug Ouellette (Tunbridge World’s Fair)
  • Shelburne Farms Grant Request – Steve Silverman

12:00 - Lunch (Hive Inspections outside w/ Steve Parise)
1:00 - Afternoon Session – Gary Reuter, University of Minnesota Queen rearing/selection/breeding/hygienic behavior
2:30 - Mobile Mentor Beekeeper’s Program - Update, Kim Greenwood
2:40 - VT Legislative proposal update - Colony Registration Fees – Kim Greenwood, Bill Mares, Chas Mraz, Patrick Drugan
3:15 - Local Clubs Update
3:20 - Announce Winners of Silent Auction
3:30 - Adjourn meeting.
3:40 - Certification testing and grading – Bill Mares, Michael Willard, Kim Greenwood

(A PDF file of the agenda is available here.)

VBA Workshops

The Vermont Beekeepers Association is pleased to offer during 2018 another season of hands on training workshops for beekeepers of all levels. These workshops are free and are also open to the public; no experience necessary. The workshops are designed to parallel the Vermont beekeeping season starting off with unpacking hives for Spring and finishing with preparing the hives for Winter. In between the two you will learn how to identify common hive issues, hive management techniques, honey extraction and general good beekeeping practices. VBA workshop instructors will be available to you on specific Saturdays starting in April ending in September. See the VBA calendar for the dates and times

This year the VBA is offering two locations. The North Yard is located at The Gardeners Supply, 128 Intervale Rd, Burlington, VT 05401. The apiary is located behind the Gardeners building. Access the apiary via the grassy area between the Gardeners building and the barns. Look for signs. Bring a veil and all your questions and concerns.

The South Yard is located at the home of Mike and Kim Paquette. The Instructors are Jeffrey Hamelman (436-1326) Bill Taft (674-5126)

Directions: From Route 91 - Exit 9: Turn left onto Route 5 travel 8.5 miles to Ascutney, VT. Turn left onto Tillman Road, shortly after the Ascutney Farm Stand. Take the first right last house on road.

From Route 91 - From Exit 8: Turn right and head East on 131. At directional light turn left onto Route 5 North. Drive .8 of a mile turn right on Tillman Road. Take the first right last house on road.

Bring a veil and all your questions and concerns.



2013 Summer Meeting Workshops

Vermont State Apiculturist Steve Parise goes into the hives to show how to identify disease. Check the calendar for future workshops.


VBA 2013
Summer Meeting

June 22nd, 2013
8:45am (Registration & Refreshments) - 3:30pm
BFA Fairfax High school
75 Hunt Street Fairfax, Vermont 05454

Guest Speaker: Gary Reuter
University of Minnesota Department of Entomology

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Workshops at the Intervale

Workshop Sees 40

About forty people attended the Burlington Intervale beekeeping workshop on preparing for spring presented by Bill Mraz, Scott Wilson & Bill Mares. Check the calendar for future workshops. (Photos by David Prior.)


Other Meetings, Workshops & Events

Other Meetings, Workshops & Events

Organic Beekeeping For Beginners

Where: Metta Earth Institute, 334 Geary Rd. South, Lincoln, Vermont
When: May 18 (9-5) & May 19 (9-5) and May 25 (9-5) & May 26 (9-5) - DATE JUST ADDED
Description: This two-day intensive covers all the basics of what you will need to know to get started with bees. We cover the history of beekeeping, equipment, types of hives, bee biology, pest and disease control, harvesting, and overwintering. Class will include and live hive demonstration if weather permits.
Fee: $95 per person (includes course text: Natural Beekeeping 2nd Edition)
To Register Call Ross: 802-349-4279
Scholarships Available: For folks who want to take a course but don't feel they can afford it, a very limited number of scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of the Honeydrop Beverage company of Brooklyn, NY. The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee.  To apply for a scholarship, just send a letter or email explaining your interest in beekeeping and why you feel you deserve to receive a scholarship rather than someone else. Deadline for applications is March 4, 2012.  dancingbeegardens.com