VBA is slowly transitioning back to in-person workshops. (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.


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

South Yard Workshops Are Back!

Workshop Instructors: Jeffrey Hamelman (802.436.1326) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Deborah Pasho (603.244.6343) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All workshops will be held on Saturdays 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. except the one on Sunday, July 16. Notices will be posted on the VBA website. Please bring a veil and gloves if you have them.

Here are directions from interstate 91 to 24 Eastman Road. 
Take exit 9 and go north on Route 5 toward Hartland. 
After 1 mile, just after a gas station on the right, go straight (leaving route 5). At the stop sign, go straight onto Quechee Road.
At 0.3 miles take a sharp right onto Eastman Road. 
The bee yard is at the 2nd house on the right. It’s a tan house on the hill. 
The driveway to the bee yard is a rough dirt driveway before getting to the house. Park alongside the road and walk up, or drive up the dirt driveway.
If coming from route 5, turn onto Quechee Road at the stop sign in the center of Hartland and follow the directions from there (above).