An in person visit to and a possible tour of one of their bee yards
See large scale honey extraction processes as well as learning about the many uses of beekeeping by products.
504 Washington Street Extension, Middlebury, VT 05753
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The digestive tract of the world’s most important agricultural pollinator, the honey bee, is a complex fermenting tank that serves up energy-providing short-chain fatty acids thanks to a host of microbial groups that reside in what an Indiana University biologist has described as an intensely intertwined and entangled microbiome.
VBA is working with the UVM Extension to promote the use of more pollinator plants that would enhance food resources for honeybees and other wild pollinators. As part of this initiative, the VBA would like to promote hay and pasture crops that are more ‘bee friendly’ without sacrificing forage quality that dairy and other livestock farmers are dependent upon. However, there is a need to conduct field trials on farms to actually determine the feasibility of various mixtures and management practices that would help the VBA meet these goals while dairy livestock farmers still meet their feed goals. Read more about the project here:
Our very own Mike Palmer was asked to speak at this year's National Honey Show in the UK. Below is an announcement from the Honey Show along with a link to one of Mike's talks.
The 2013 National Honey Show is now over and you can find the Full Results and the Cup Awards list on the website together with the slide shows for each day. These are available to download from DropBox to use in newsletters, websites and publicity purposes.
We recently submitted a final report for a two-year grant from the USDA and the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. The first year helped us to pay some of the cost for our members to attend the Eastern Apicultural Society annual conference held in Burlington in August of 2012. The second year enabled us to launch our Mobile Mentor program.