Since 1886 the VBA has promoted the general welfare of Vermont's Honey Industry, while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.
  1. Spring 2021 Field Report

    from Vermont State Apiculturist Brooke Decker


    Total number of spring nucleus colonies sold in VT: 2707
    Number of packaged bees sold/imported into VT:     882
    Number of VT overwintered nucleus colonies sold in VT: 214
    Number of spring nucleus colonies inspected: 687
    Number of 2021 hive inspections (as of June 1): 725
    2021 Honey bee imports, states-of-origin: NY, NH, MA, ME, MS, SC, GA, FL, CA, PA, LA 


    Mite sampling on out-of-state nucs for sale is now part of the spring nuc inspection protocol. We are happy to report that none of the nucs sampled were over the 5% (5 mites per 100 bees) threshold. Also, no American foulbrood (AFB) has been found this year.

    Brooke Decker
    Pollinator Health Specialist/ State Apiculturist
    Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
    116 State Street | Montpelier, Vermont | 05620 | 802-272-6688
    Vermont Apiary Program

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    "My electric fence can stop bears, but not a Deere..."


  3. What Should I be Doing Now?

    An Early Summer Workshop for
    First-year Beekeepers

    Register Today for this Zoom Workshop

    Co-hosted by VBA members Fred Putnam, Tony Antonucci, and Jeff Battaglini

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
    We are continuing the series of information sessions for new beekeepers focusing on those who just got their bees for the first time.
    There will be a short presentation describing things you should be doing or looking out for now and for the next few weeks followed by another AMA session (Ask Me Anything about beekeeping) for first-year beekeepers. More experienced beekeepers are welcome to attend but our focus will be primarily on actions or issues that first-year beekeepers undertake or encounter.
    If you are a new beekeeper, we will plan to do additional sessions with seasonal actions as the season progresses. Later, we'll consider how to prep your colony(ies) for winter. Register today as space is limited.

    -- Register for the free June 8 Workshop --

    (Login required)
  4. Beeyoutifulgems

    VBA Member Cheri Gagnon is in the news with her business: BeeYoutifulGems:

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  5. Developing a Bee-Friendly Pasture System

    Interested in developing a bee-friendly pasture system?

    Explore this recently revised UVM Extension publication describing pasture managed with livestock and what management and forage species considerations can be made to enhance flowering legumes for bees in these systems.

  6. Lunch & Learn Sessions


  7. If You Missed Last Night's Workshop...

    VBA President Andrew Munkres presented our first workshop of the season last evening aimed at experienced beekeepers. Reversing for Intermediate Beekeepers was followed by an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session allowing people to discuss a variety of topics.

    If you missed it, you can watch the presentation as we record our Zoom presentations for later viewing. (Login required.) Simply look on the Calendar menu for Past Workshop recordings to view it and previous workshops.

    There is still time to register for the next workshop - Reversing for New Beekeepers - scheduled for Tuesday, May 11 at 7PM.

  8. Spring Workshops Announced

    The VBA wants to offer training and education that will be helpful to both new and more experienced beekeepers. While we have yet to return to live, in-person sessions at our bee yards, we are beginning the season with two online workshops that will be held on the Zoom platform.
    VBA President Andrew Munkres will present a workshop entitled Reversing for Intermediate Beekeepers at 7:00 PM, Thursday, May 6 via Zoom. If time permits, there will be an AMA* session for intermediate beekeepers.
    And on Tuesday, May 11, we will present a video of VBA Past-President Chas Mraz from Champlain Valley Apiaries demonstrating Reversing for New Beekeepers followed by a general AMA* session for new beekeepers.
    Both workshops will be presented over Zoom and a link will be emailed to registrants a day before each meeting starts. VBA members may register for these free workshops online.
    *AMAs (Ask Me Anything) are free-form question and answer sessions that allow participants to share information. Much fun!