Vermont Beekeepers Association


2018 Winter Meeting Agenda

VBA Winter Meeting Agenda

January 30th 2018

Location: Essex Junction Fairgrounds - Blue Ribbon Pavilion

Miller North Conference Rooms A & B


8:30 AM Setup, registration

9:00 AM Welcome

9:10 AM Honey Contest winners Ron Bartemy

9:20 AM Bee inspector’s Report, Laura Johnson, VT Agency of Agriculture

9:40 Vermont Honey Bee Survey Samantha Alger

10:00 Keynote Presentation Peter Vichos, Kemptville Ontario

Managing Bees for Maximum Honey Production in Ontario, Canada

Peter Vichos is a third generation beekeeper from Kemptville, Ontario. Peter’s beekeeping history dates back to 1948 when his father started keeping bees for a living. Peter has been keeping bees since he was a teenager, working with his father while learning the ropes of a successful beekeeping business.In April of 1996 after quitting his job as an engineer, Peter purchased his first 400 colonies. At the same time, he was also helping his father (who was in the process of retiring) run his 300 colonies. Peter now manages around 1,400 colonies.Peter will be discussing the management techniques and skills he uses to manage his 1,400 colonies. He is not a migratory beekeeper; rather he keeps bees like most of us do. It has been said that Peter yields honey crops about 4 times our Vermont average.Peter sells his honey in bulk to various honey packers across Canada, the U.S., and the EU.

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Looking for Nucs, Packages, and Queens?

If you are looking for honeybees nucs, packages, or queens there is a list of suppliers in the VBA forums. This list is an effort to help beekeepers reduce the amount of time searching for suppliers. The VBA does not endorse any supplier but instead is providing this list as a service to the membership. The information listed is as it was provided by the supplier.


Mr. Noah  has 30 acres on Dorset St (1500's area) and is offering his property to locals who may need an additional site.  Email me and I will give you his phone number. 

John Tardie

It is with sad news that we announce the passing of long time beekeeper and VBA member John Tardie.  John was a passionate beekeeper and served on the VBA Board of Directors for many years.  John was known for being the go to person for honey bee extractions from structures and buildings, he was always at the ready with his bee vac.  He was also very helpful to new beekeepers by selling select beekeeping supplies and renting honey extraction equipment.  If you knew John, please take a moment to reflect on his life and contributions to the VBA.  

Bill Mares Wrote:

"John Tardie sold me my first beekeeping equipment 45 years ago. He was a strong supporter of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and President of the Eastern Apicultural Society in 1980, when that group brought almost 600 people to UVM for its summer conference.  Vermont beekeepers will miss him."

See more at: John Tardie Obituary


The National Honey Bee Survey In Vermont

The massive increase in U.S. honey bee colony losses in the last decade has prompted a comprehensive examination of colony health in apiaries throughout the United States. Known as the National Honey Bee Survey (NHBS), the effort is a collaboration between the USDA Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) out of the University of Maryland (UMD), the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the cooperation of 40 states, two territories (Puerto Rico and Guam), and the island nation of Grenada.

To read the full article on Bee Culture's website; see photos and graphs, click here: The National Honey Bee Survey In Vermont

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VBA Website Update

As many of you may have noticed, the VBA website has been in the process of being updated recently. Some of the changes included installing a new user membership application to replace the one that had been in use for several years, which was no longer supported. The installation, transfer and testing of the new software has resulted in some erroneous notifications being sent, informing members that their renewals were due soon, when they had already been paid. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.

We also experienced some bugs with membership login as well as the forums page.  We believe to have most of these bugs fixed.  If you experience any additional challenges, please continue to let us know so we may fix any outstanding issues and make your experience with the VBA website be as enjoyable as it can be.  We appreciate your patience while our website is upgraded.