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Workshop Sees 40

About forty people attended the Burlington Intervale beekeeping workshop on preparing for spring presented by Bill Mraz, Scott Wilson & Bill Mares. More images are here. Check the calendar for future workshops. (Photos by David Prior.)

Bear Season

If your apiary has ever experienced a visit from bears you know the bears usually win.

VBA's Immediate Past President Chas Mraz recently enountered a bear in Middlebury prompting this write-up in the Addison Independent.

Here are some tips for protecting your hives.

Winter Loss Survey - 2012-2013

Bee Loss Survey

The Bee Informed Partnership (http://beeinformed.org), in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is releasing preliminary results for the seventh annual national survey of honey bee colony losses.

Introducing the Mobile Mentor Program

New to Beekeeping? Check Out Our Mobile Mentor Program

What is it?

VBA has secured a grant to help expand our educational and mentoring programs in a more formal way. This is our first year and we hope to offer this again if our members find it useful.

Classroom learning is great, and VBA has a fine in-hive education program at the Intervale, but what about looking in your own hives? It can be very confusing at first.

With this program, beekeepers of any experience level can contact the Mobile Mentors and request an in-hive apiary visit to help them with what they are seeing in their own hives. The Mobile Mentor will do a full inspection and talk you through any questions that you have.

The program is open to VBA members and complete details may be found here. (VBA Membership is required for program participation.)