Beekeeping in Vermont...

North Yard Workshop Date Rescheduled

Please note: Due to weather concerns the April 21 Workshop at the Northern Yard
has been tentatively rescheduled to Sunday, April 22 from 12 noon to 2pm.

Watch this space, our Twitter feed or the calendar for updates.

Taylor Ricketts is the new director of the Gund Institute at UVM and a specialist on pollination. He is requesting assistance  identifying sample pollinators in Vermont. He writes:

"I am new professor at UVM, studying, among other things, the importance of wild pollinators (both native bees and Apis) in supporting sustainable agriculture. I would like to begin similar research locally, on Vermont's food system, perhaps focusing on blueberry, squash, apple, or other bee-pollinated specialty crops.

"The ideal design would be to identify farms that differ in on-farm management and surrounding land-use intensity, and then survey crop pollinators on those farms and their impacts on fruit yields and quality. As a first step, though, I'd like to simply sample pollinators on a few crops this spring, to get a sense for who visits what, and to build relationships with farmers.  I'd like to spend some time understanding VT's agricultural system, so I can design my work to be most helpful.

"Any suggestions regarding good potential field sites, existing studies or databases, etc. would be much appreciated."

- Taylor Ricketts
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