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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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