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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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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.)

Bees Buzz Each Other, but Not the Way You Think

The electric fields that build up on honey bees as they fly, flutter their wings, or rub body parts together may allow the insects to talk to each other, a new study suggests. Tests show that the electric fields, which can be quite strong, deflect the bees' antennae, which, in turn, provide signals to the brain through specialized organs at their bases. Antenna deflections induced by an electrically charged honey bee wing are about 10 times the size of those that would be caused by airflow from the wing fluttering at the same distance—a sign that electrical fields could be an important signal.

A Beautiful Film...

“Dance of the Honey Bee” was a short film made by Peter Nelson as part of a challenge by Vision Research, a camera manufacturer, and a camera dealer Abel Cine to use their Miro camera in a new and unusual ways.  Since Peter has been a backyard beekeeper in the Hudson Valley  of New York for 23 years and a cinematographer by profession, his concept was to do an homage to the honey bee by showing them in super slow motion.

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VBA's Mobile Mentor Program

VBA's Mobile Mentor Program

Thanks to a USDA Specialty Crop Development Block Grant through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, the Vermont Beekeepers Association (VBA) is undertaking the second part of a two-year grant. The first year provided reimbursement for attendance at the EAS conference in August of 2012.   For the second part of the grant in 2013:

VBA will provide to its members cost-sharing for the service of one of five expert Vermont Certified Beekeepers to visit their homes/beehives and teach them – hands-on – about what they are seeing: disease prevention and detection, good beekeeping practices and ensure that they have the knowledge and confidence to be successful at raising bees and producing honey.

This document provides information about the requirements of the grant program as well as how to apply to become a one of five geographically dispersed Mobile Mentors (MM). These Mobile Mentors will receive $250 and be required to visit a minimum of five apiaries/beekeepers in their region.  The application deadline has been extended.