Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us? Marla Spivak researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect. To watch the video, click the link: Why Bees Are Disappearing
The first ever Vermont Golden Honey Festival was a great success! Organized by Golden Stage Inn B&B of Proctorsville and Goodmans American Pie of Ludlow, the festival was hosted at Golden Stage Inn on Saturday September 14. Over a dozen vendors showcased their honeybee themed items such as books, pizza, fiber arts, quilts, and of course plenty of honey too.
Organizers estimate that at least 150 visitors passed through. Next year's Second Annual is scheduled for September 13. 2014 and has already been awarded recognition as one of "Vermont's Top Ten Fall Events of 2014."
Hello Vermont Beekeepers
I would like to share my first experience with starting my own nucs for the purpose of overwintering as replacements suggested by Mike Palmer. Mike states it is not a new concept and that it just makes common sense in many ways both economically and biologically. You know the management side of beekeeping today has become somewhat complex and unfortunate.
The Vermont Beekeepers Association welcomes Bob Haven as the new editor of the VBA Update, the organization's email newsletter sent to members as part of their membership benefit.