Vermont Beekeepers Association

Who We Are and What We Do

Vermont Beekeepers AssociationSince 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.  

The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents hundreds of beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey. We’re as diverse as the 246 towns in Vermont, but are unified in our fascination with and affection for bees. Most of us are hobbyists, but there are some “side liners” who try to make a bit of extra income from their 25-200 hives as well as a handful of full-time professionals. Join Today!

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Honey Bees: Good News!...a talk by Dr. Dewey Caron

Honey Bees: Good News!

Colony Collapse Disorder, Varroa mites, pesticides, imported honey flooding our markets – it seems there is lots of BAD news about bees -- but there is plenty of good news too such as simple sampling/management for sustainable mite control, effective individual efforts toward protecting bees from pesticides and lots of new beekeepers producing  local-sourced pure honey. Let's celebrate some of the GOOD NEWS about honey bees and their backyard culture.

Date: Wednesday, October 25th 2017

Time: 7pm-9pm

Location:Mildred Livak Ballroom, Davis Student Center, University of Vermont 

  • There is no charge for this event and parking is free.
  • Sponsored by: The Department of Plant and Soil Science Raymond Fund and The UVM Beekeepers.

An end to a season.....a beginning of another

As the Fall nectar flow begins to wane the end of the 2017 beekeeping season is upon us. And, with that the start of the winterizing our hives.  But, this is also the beginning of the 2018 season. How can that be? Well, a properly winterized hive has the potential to be your 2018 Spring hive. What must you do to help make that happen? There are a variety of workshops designed to specifically answer that question. Most all will cover these basics:

  • Mite Treatments and Counts
  • Wrapping hives
  • Identifying ideal winter hive weight
  • Determining appropriate winter stores
  • Assessing hive overall hive health
  • Robbing issues and management strategies

These workshops are being held on September 23, 2017, at:

Franklin County Beekeepers: 2171 Kellogg Road, St. Albans, VT  10am-12pm, Contact Ron Bartemy

Vermont Beekeepers Ass: 128 Intervale Road, Burlington VT.  location behind Gardeners Supply 11am-1pm,  Contact Ron Hernandez

Addison County Beekeepers: 2475 Baldwin Road, Hineburgh, VT 11am-1pm, Contact Scott Wilson



Tunbridge Fair - Honey Sales

Dear VBA members,

The VBA Tunbridge Fair Committee is again soliciting honey (and other bee-related products)  to be sold at Tunbridge. 
This activity is the largest annual fund-raiser for the VBA.  To make this process both fair and simple, we have a few guidelines for your submissions: 

  • You must be a current member of the VBA.
  • Wherever possible your containers should be of standard  commercial variety and sizes,  such as Queenline jars,  NOT Mason jars or the like.
  • The name, address and contents weight must be shown on all containers.
  • Write out the retail price which you want for each size  container, and the VBA will subtract 40% from all products sold.   Retail prices should be in dollars & increments of 25 cents, such as :  $ 7.25, $7.50, $7.75. $8.00.  You must submit an invoice with the number of containers you hope to sell.

The price you set is wholly at your discretion, but remember, this is the Tunbridge World's Fair, not a high-end grocery store.
An example from last year was that almost all one--pound jars were priced at  $8.00 with VBA keeping $3.20 and the beekeeper receiving $4.80.

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The National Honey Bee Survey In Vermont

The massive increase in U.S. honey bee colony losses in the last decade has prompted a comprehensive examination of colony health in apiaries throughout the United States. Known as the National Honey Bee Survey (NHBS), the effort is a collaboration between the USDA Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) out of the University of Maryland (UMD), the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the cooperation of 40 states, two territories (Puerto Rico and Guam), and the island nation of Grenada.

To read the full article on Bee Culture's website; see photos and graphs, click here: The National Honey Bee Survey In Vermont

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John Tardie

It is with sad news that we announce the passing of long time beekeeper and VBA member John Tardie.  John was a passionate beekeeper and served on the VBA Board of Directors for many years.  John was known for being the go to person for honey bee extractions from structures and buildings, he was always at the ready with his bee vac.  He was also very helpful to new beekeepers by selling select beekeeping supplies and renting honey extraction equipment.  If you knew John, please take a moment to reflect on his life and contributions to the VBA.  

Bill Mares Wrote:

"John Tardie sold me my first beekeeping equipment 45 years ago. He was a strong supporter of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and President of the Eastern Apicultural Society in 1980, when that group brought almost 600 people to UVM for its summer conference.  Vermont beekeepers will miss him."

See more at: John Tardie Obituary


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