VBA North & South Yard Workshops are cancelled until further notice. We are using Zoom to conduct online workshops.

Beekeeping Basics

Classes for beginning beekeepers have been available at Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) for many years. These classes are taught by instructors with over 50 years beekeeping experience between them and are a perfect way to begin your beekeeping journey. While these classes require a modest fee, they are an excellent way to get started!

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.


The Vermont Beekeepers Association offers hands-on training workshops for beekeepers of all levels. These workshops are generally 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.

VBA Workshops are usually held in the following two locations (but please check the calendar because the locations occaisionally change):

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 305 Blood Hill Rd, West Windsor, VT 05089.

From the North: Take route 91 to exit 9. Turn right at the end of the ramp. After one mile (just past a Mobil gas station), go left onto route 12 North. After 1.5 miles, turn left onto Brownsville Road. (A church will be on your right once you turn). After about 4.9 miles, turn right onto Blood Hill Road (a pink trailer will be at the turning). The bee yard is .3 miles up Blood Hill Road. Signs will be posted.

From the South: If coming up route 5 from the Ascutney exit, take a left at the first lights in Windsor onto Route 44. If coming over the Windsor covered bridge, go straight at the lights onto route 44. Stay on route 44 for 6 miles until you are in the center of Brownsville. Go right onto the Hartland-Brownsville Road for 2.2 miles. Turn left onto Blood Hill Road (a pink trailer will be at the turning). The bee yard is .3 miles up Blood Hill Road. Signs will be posted.

Bring a veil and all your questions and concerns.