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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.

Scenes from the 2013 Summer Meeting

Vermont State Apiculturist Steve Parise goes TeachingHivesStevePariseinto the hives and shows beekeepers how to identify diseases at the recent VBA Summer Meeting in Franklin County.

More images are here.

Check the calendar for future workshops.

VBA community

As a new an aspiring beekeeper, I wanted to give a shout out of thanks to Robbie Stuart. With a new hive schedule a week plus ahead of the bees, we were looking forward to learning the hard way. It got harder, as the hive did not show. Thanks to Robbie for a loaner hive and giving us the mentoring we needed but did not ask for. Our one hive is doing good so far, we'll see what the year brings.

Thanks Robbie!