Friday, folks at Champlain Apiaries were busy opening their beehives and checking to see how the honeybees fared over the long winter. They are also involved in a study to see if they can diminish a threat to the bees.
April 25th saw the first workshop in the VBA southern yard which included a package bee installation into a top bar hive.
Thanks to Jeffery Hammelman and Bill Taft for mentoring the group.
The North Yard Package Bee installation workshop is change to May 9. It will be part of the Spring Managment workshop already scheduled for that day.
The delays are due to heavy rains in Geogia that are prohibiting shaking the bees into the packages.
The Capitol City Farmers' Market is currently looking for Honey Vendors for the 2015 season.
If you are interested, please contact Carolyn Grodinsky at 802.223.2958 for additional information and details.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has received approval from the EPA for the sale and use of HopGuard II in Vermont. HopGuard II offers a relatively benign method of varroa control that can be used throughout the beekeeping season, following the manufacturers recommendations and directions.
HopGuard II is a product produced by BetaTec Hop Products.
The national distributor of HopGuard II is Mann Lake Ltd. Please visit their website to learn more or to place an order.
This video by BetaTec shows how HopGuard II is applied to a hive. See Video
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