Seeking Nominations for the

Vermont Beekeepers Association Recognition Program

The Vermont Beekeeper’s Association created the Vermont Beekeeper Recognition Program (formerly the Beekeeper of the Year Award) to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Vermont beekeepers that support beekeeping in Vermont and have provided outstanding service to the VBA.

Please review the program's description then make your nomination at the bottom of this page. (VBA Members - login to submit a nomination.)

A printable brochure describing the program is available here.

The nomination form is available to current VBA members and describes the categories of recognition. You may submit as many entries as you like and your entries will be retained for two years. Questions may be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here’s a description of the categories and criteria for the VBA summer 2023 meeting:

Beekeeper of the Year

Eligibility and criteria:

  • Must be a VBA member
  • May only receive this recognition one time.
  • Effect of effort broad in geographic scope
  • Outstanding efforts or contributions over a career or long period of time
  • Involved in a wide range of activities – demonstrating, showing, doing, teaching, promoting.

Outstanding efforts by a Mentor and Mentee

Eligibility and criteria:

  • Any VBA Mentor/Mentee pair
  • How were they successful?
  • How did they make it work?

Friend of the Bees

Eligibility and criteria:

  • Outstanding efforts in support of Vermont bees or beekeepers.
  • Not limited to VBA members.
  • Anyone: business, individual, agency, institution, researchers, municipalities, etc.

Outstanding efforts on honeybee education

Eligibility and criteria:

  • Frequently conducts or assists on classes, workshops, public events (fairs, festivals, etc.)
  • Not limited to VBA members.
  • For beekeepers and non-beekeepers

Mission Superhero

Eligibility and criteria:

  • Any VBA member
  • Outstanding initiative or leadership on a specific project or set of projects that contribute(s) to the VBA mission.

Deadline for Nominations - June 30, 2023

June 30, 2023, is the deadline for submitting nominations in the categories Beekeeper of the Year, Friend of the Bees, Mission Superhero, Outstanding Efforts in Honey Bee Education, and Mentor/Mentee Pair.

Selected individuals or entities will be recognized at the 2023 Summer meeting that will be held on Saturday, August 12 in South Strafford, VT.


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