Vermont Beekeepers Association - 2013 Summer Meeting Agenda
BFA Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VT
June 22nd, 2013
8:45 - Setup, Registration
9:15 - Welcome - President Chas Mraz
9:20 - Bee Inspector's Report, Steve Parise, VT Agency of Agriculture
- Apiary Statistics report
10:00 - Morning Session – Gary Reuter, University of Minnesota Varroa Life Cycle and Control
11:20 - Presentation of Vermont Beekeeper of the Year Award – Michael Willard
11:30 - Business Meeting
- Membership Report – Steve Silverman
- Secretary’s Report - Michael Willard
- Treasurer’s Report – Steve Silverman
- Certification Committee – Bill Mares
- Librarian’s Report - Curtis Middleton
- Website Report – Greg Smela
- Apiary Committee Report – Bill Mares (Hives at Intervale)
- Fair Committee – Bill Mares/Doug Ouellette (Tunbridge World’s Fair)
- Shelburne Farms Grant Request – Steve Silverman
12:00 - Lunch (Hive Inspections outside w/ Steve Parise)
1:00 - Afternoon Session – Gary Reuter, University of Minnesota Queen rearing/selection/breeding/hygienic behavior
2:30 - Mobile Mentor Beekeeper’s Program - Update, Kim Greenwood
2:40 - VT Legislative proposal update - Colony Registration Fees – Kim Greenwood, Bill Mares, Chas Mraz, Patrick Drugan
3:15 - Local Clubs Update
3:20 - Announce Winners of Silent Auction
3:30 - Adjourn meeting.
3:40 - Certification testing and grading – Bill Mares, Michael Willard, Kim Greenwood
(A PDF file of the agenda is available here.)
On the first day of the 2011 Vermont Farm Show, 110 VBA Members attended the organization's Winter Meeting in Barre on Tuesday, January 25th at the Mutuo Club.
Janet Tam (left), a Technology Transfer Specialist from the Ontario Beekeepers Association was the featured speaker. She discussed the Transfer Technology Program's Mite Control and the Ontario Honey Bee Breeding Programs.
Vermont State Apiculturist Steve Parise goes into the hives to show how to identify disease. Check the calendar for future workshops.
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.)
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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
8:45am (Registration & Refreshments) - 3:30pm
BFA Fairfax High school
75 Hunt Street Fairfax, Vermont 05454
Guest Speaker: Gary Reuter
University of Minnesota Department of Entomology
- Last Updated on May 4, 2013
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