If you missed Thursday's workshop we recorded it and made it available to VBA members (along with 27 others) online. Simply login to the site and look under the Calendar menu.This workshop covered the steps you should be taking to manage your colonies in the spring. Swarm control and supering as the nectar begins to flow along with general discussion are included. (The Northeast Beekeeping Calendar is a good reference tool.)
It's not hard to set up an electric fence but it can seem daunting if you've never dealt with electric fences before. Vermont Certified Beekeeper Fred Putnam covered the basic principles for installing any electric fence with special focus on deterrent electric fences for apiaries in this online workshop recorded last night.(Login required.)
Also see our Guide to Protecting Bee Hives from Bears and Skunks.
If you missed yesterday's Deadout Analysis Workshop (or if you'd like to view it again) we've posted the recorded presentation online for members to view. Login to the site and look under the Calendar menu for Past Workshop & Events Recordings.
Presenters Fred Putnam and Andrew Munkres describe many of the factors and causes leading to the loss of overwintered colonies. The workshop includes photos giving you the ability to diagnose the causes and adjust your management for next winter to improve survival. (Also see the updated VBA Deadout Diagnosis Guide.)
The purpose of this resource page is to support the adoption of land management practices that promote the well-being of pollinators. There are many well-described practices that land stewards can take to support honey bee and pollinator health. This web page includes a collection of links to information that is relevant to honey bee and pollinator health in Vermont regional settings.
Is it a Bee? Identification Resources:
Bees, the Forest, and Natural Landscapes:
- The Importance of Forests in Bumble Bee Biology and Conservation, John M Mola, Jeremy Hemberger, Jade Kochanski, Leif L Richardson, Ian S Pearse, BioScience, Volume 71, Issue 12, December 2021, Pages 1234–1248
- Pollinators in Woods
- Vegetation Helps Wild Honey Bees Survive the Winter
- Forest Bees: The role of forest resources in wild bee conservation and management (video)
Planting for Bees:
- UVM Extension Master Gardener Pollinator Planting eBook
- The Secret Ultraviolet Colors of Sunflowers Attract Pollinators
- University of Guelph Bee Garden Brochure
- University of Guelph Bee Garden Plants for Bees
- UNH Bee Plants for Northern New England Gardens
Backyards (and Front Yards!) for Bees:
Farming for bees:
Recent Vermont Beekeepers Association (VBA)
Initiatives and Accomplishment
April 2, 2022
Over the past few years, the VBA has taken on an ever-increasing activist role for all of us involved in apiculture in Vermont.
The VBA has continued to develop and strengthen training and information for members and other beekeepers.
We sincerely appreciate the help from VBA members across the state who stepped up to help on Working Groups and Committees dealing with specific efforts.
If you missed yesterday's presentations at the "Winter" Meeting of the Vermont Beekeepers Association (or if you'd like to view them again) we've posted the meeting presentations online for members to view. Login to the site and look under the Calendar menu for Past Workshop & Events Recordings.
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.
Virtual Lunch and Learn Series!
Join the New England and New York state Apiary Inspectors to “Lunch and Learn” by getting the latest updates on honey bee health and seasonal management recommendations for ensuring healthy colonies. Events will be held virtually via Zoom on Fridays from 12pm-1:30pm and are free and open to the public, no (pre)registration required. Educational content will focus on topics of interest to beekeepers and regional colony management. Events will not recorded so BEE THERE or BEE SQUARE - Bee sure to come prepared with questions to ask the inspectors! Sponsored by the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA).
The Vermont Beekeepers Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winter meeting to be conducted over the Zoom online platform. All VBA members are invited to participate by registering at the link below.
The meeting agenda and meeting documents are also available below. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email confirming your registration and containing your Zoom meeting link which will allow you to join the meeting. The meeting is free for current VBA members and $15 for all others.
VBA Members who register will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive a pair of VBA logo beer glasses. (You must attend the meeting to win.)
VBA Recognition Program
It’s about you!
Nominations are due by March 16, 2022
The VBA Recognition Program recognizes the efforts of individuals and entities who provide significant support to honeybees, Vermont beekeepers, and the VBA mission. Read about the program and submit your nomination today!
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.