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..

If you need help making a nomination, contact the Recognition Committee person closest to you:

Anne Bowers – Franklin County - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Peggy-Apple Woods – Bennington County - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jeff Cunningham – Windham County - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jeffrey Hamelman – Windsor County - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fred Putnam, Jr. – Rutland/Addison County – 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 2022 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

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

Deadlines for Nominations - August 17, 2022

August 17, 2022, is the deadline for submitting nominations in the categories "Beekeeper of the Year", Friend of the Bees", and "Mentor/Mentee Pair"

Selected individuals or entities will be recognized at the 2022 Summer meeting that will be held on September 17.