Vermont Beekeepers Association

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Thoughts about beekeeping and beekeepers in Vermont along with links to local and national stories of interest. While most articles are public, VBA members who login to the site will have access to additional articles and features.

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ABF's EPA Webinar Series

The ABF's EPA Webinar Series is Now Open to the General Public

The American Beekeeping Federation Education Committee has been hard at work developing new ways to keep its members engaged and informed in between ABF annual conferences each year. The Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Series is the first interactive venture to deliver information directly to the membership.

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VBA Board Minutes Posted

The VBA Board met recently.  See what they're talking about under the "members only" and then "meeting minutes" tab.  We're an all-volunteer organization and your thoughts, suggestions, ideas and volunteer hours to help make things happen are always welcome.  Contact Kim Greenwood at or any of the board members to let us know what's on your mind.


Harvest Weekend for Three Burlington Beekeepers

Three Burlington beekeepers teamed up over the weekend of August 24-25th to harvest nearly 250 pounds of honey from their respective apiaries.  

For Patricia Ferreira (of Three Berry Bees), Lisa Schnell (of EnglesBees), and Janet Bellavance (of BellaBees), it was the first time each had ever done their own extracting.  A work colleague of Schnell's loaned the trio a hand-crank unit which they assembled in Schnell's garage that also served as their two-day honey depot.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Detected in Mosquito Pools

More Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Detected in Mosquito Pools; Limited Aerial Spraying Planned for Aug. 22 & 27

Weather permitting, aerial spraying of the pesticide Anvil 10+10 (Sumithrin) for the Whiting area is being planned by Health and Agriculture officials in coordination with local officials and the Agency of Natural Resources.

The area to be treated is limited to a two mile radius centered around the swampy area north of Stickney Road in Whiting. This area is sparsely populated. The spraying operation will be managed by the Agency of Agriculture.

Details about the operation are available at the Vermont Department of Health.

Covering your hives after the workers return in the evening would help protect the bees from any potential accidental exposure.

The chemical should be sufficiently dissipated by morning to remove the covers and allow the bees to go about their business.

Details on the spray plan along with a map of the affected area are available here.