Workshops & Meetings
VBA Workshops (listed below in green) are held on Saturdays from 11am - 1pm weather permitting unless otherwise noted. Rain days are the following day. Workshops go into the bees and open colonies, so you are encouraged to bring a veil and bee suit if necessary. VBA Workshops are free and open to the public and are an excellent introduction to beekeeping. (Exceptions to that rule will be posted here.) Unless otherwise noted, all VBA Workshops are held at the Northern Yard - directions below. If an event requires registration, a link to a registration page will be provided.
If a workshop or event is cancelled due to weather, we will post a message here.
May 18 - 12-2pm - Package Bee Installation - Learn how to install a new package of bees into your hive. TENTATIVE DATE: Subject to change. The weather gremlins in Georgia have caused a two-week delay in the shipments north of package bees. Therefore, the VBA workshop on hiving a package will now take place on May 18 at 12 noon at Burlington's Intervale. Update your calendar!
With: STEVE PARISE
June 15–Queen Rearing Workshop, Raising queens in the small apiary with Mike Palmer (in St. Albans )
With: MIKE PALMER (TENTATIVE DATE: SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
July 6 – Re-queening and Making summer nucs to winter over
With: MIKE PALMER
Aug. 3 - Harvesting the crop; Removing honey from the bees. Tips on extracting, packaging, and marketing your crop; Fall Mite treatments.
With: JAMES GABRIEL (at Champlain Valley Apiaries in Middlebury)
Sept. 14 - Preparing Your Colony for Winter; Feeding light colonies; Medications and miticides; Winter wrapping materials.
With: BILL MARES, MIKE WILLARD, SCOTT WILSON
Other Meetings, Workshops & Events
Organic Beekeeping For Beginners
When: May 18 (9-5) & May 19 (9-5) and May 25 (9-5) & May 26 (9-5) - DATE JUST ADDED
Description: This two-day intensive covers all the basics of what you will need to know to get started with bees. We cover the history of beekeeping, equipment, types of hives, bee biology, pest and disease control, harvesting, and overwintering. Class will include and live hive demonstration if weather permits.
Fee: $95 per person (includes course text: Natural Beekeeping 2nd Edition)
To Register Call Ross: 802-349-4279
Workshop Sees 40
About forty people attended the Burlington Intervale beekeeping workshop on preparing for spring presented by Bill Mraz, Scott Wilson & Bill Mares. Check the calendar for future workshops. (Photos by David Prior.)
Vermont State Apiculturist Steve Parise goes into the hives to show how to identify disease. Check the calendar for future workshops.
The Vermont Beekeepers Association is pleased to offer during 2015 another season of hands on training workshops for beekeepers of all levels. These workshops are also open to the public with no experience necessary. The workshops are designed to parallel the Vermont beekeeping season starting off with unpacking hives for Spring and finishing with preparing the hives for Winter. In between the two you will learn how to identify common hive issues, hive management techniques, honey extraction and general good beekeeping practices. Nine VBA member beekeepers will be available to you on specific Saturdays starting in April ending in September. See the VBA calendar for the dates and times.
This year the VBA is offering two locations. The North Yard is located at The Gardeners Supply, 128 Intervale Rd, Burlington, VT 05401. The apiary is located behind the Gardeners building. Access the apiary via the grassy area between the Gardeners building and the barns. Look for signs. Bring a veil and all your questions and concerns.
The South Yard is located at the home of Mike and Kim Paquette. The Instructors are Jeffrey Hamelman (436-1326) Bill Taft (674-5126)
Directions: From Route 91 - Exit 9: Turn left onto Route 5 travel 8.5 miles to Ascutney, VT. Turn left onto Tillman Road, shortly after the Ascutney Farm Stand. Take the first right last house on road.
From Route 91 - From Exit 8: Turn right and head East on 131. At directional light turn left onto Route 5 North. Drive .8 of a mile turn right on Tillman Road. Take the first right last house on road.
Bring a veil and all your questions and concerns.