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. The Beauty of Black & White

    Black and white photography can force you to focus on the subject without the distraction often brought by color.

    swilson102020© 2020 - Scott Wilson

  2. Winners Announced

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    VBA members attending our first virtual annual meeting last Saturday were eligible to be entered into two contests.

    in the random drawings, Jim Jarvis won a one-year extension to his VBA membership for his honey label. (We requested members submit labels to share their designs. They will be posted in a gallery on the website shortly. Jim's label is at the right.)

    Judith Graves is the winner of our other contest. She receives a pair of VBA beer mead glasses which will be shipped to her.

    Congratulations to both winners!

  3. VBA Updated By-Laws Approved

    Members attending the Vermont Beekeepers Association's virtual "summer" meeting this past Saturday, October 17th, approved changes to the organizations by-laws to include, among other things, a new Member-at-Large director seat. That seat is being filled by new-to-the-board Laura Johnson.

    The updated by-laws are available online for review.

    The VBA's new leadership roles are being fulfilled by these volunteers:

    President: Andrew Munkres

    Vice President: Jeff Battaglini

    Treasurer:Richard Roy

    Recording Secretary:Fred Putnam

    Membership Secretary:Darci Benoit

    Director At Large: Laura Johnson

    Immediate Past President: Jack Rath

    State Apiculturist:Brooke Decker

    Advisory Board Members: Bill Mares, Mike Palmer, Chas Mraz, Samantha Alger, Greg Smela, Kim Greenwood


  4. Meet Laura Johnson

    ljohnsonLaura Johnson is new to the VBA board of directors. She takes the newly-created Director-at-large seat approved by attendees to the October 17th meeting.

    Laura is a native to Vermont, growing up in the Upper Valley of VT/NH. Her educational background includes a BA in Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University and a MS in Horticulture from New Mexico State University.

    Laura’s professional career includes 15 years of domestic and international work on diversified fruit and vegetable farms, as a teacher for English language learners, and in outdoor education. During two years of service with the US Peace Corps in Paraguay, her work focused on soil conservation and beekeeping. This experience opened a door of opportunity to work as a seasonal apiary inspector for the State of Vermont and led to her current career home in agriculture extension.

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  5. Meet Darci Benoit

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    Darci Benoit is VBA's new Membership Secretary seat. She was nominated to replace outgoing secretary Scott Wilson.

    I started beekeeping in 2013 and made many many mistakes. Thankfully I learned from those mistakes by listening to the successful and helpful beekeepers around me in the bee clubs. I currently operate a small apiary at my home which partially supplies my bee themed gift shop - Bees on Broadway which I run part time when I am not working my "real job" as a paralegal. I live in Swanton with my husband of 15 years, our daughter, dog, 3 cats, 8 chickens and many bees.
  6. Meet Jeff Battaglini

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    Jeff Battaglini is VBA's new Vice-President. He replaces Andrew Munkres who is VBA's new President effective October 17.

    Jeff started his beekeeping journey years before he brought his first hive home. He noticed there were very few pollinators around the native Vermont landscape. So he started researching bees and talking to local beekeepers. He joined the Vermont Beekeepers Association (VBA) and all the local beekeeping clubs he could find. Jeff also started taking beekeeping classes and broke ground on his apiary site in October 2014. 

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