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Start Planning Now for Bees in the Spring! Scott Wilson VBA Secretary December 21, 2013 With snow on the ground and a cold north wind blowing it is the perfect time to start planning for your next season bees. This is written for the new beekeeper to giv

Start Planning Now for Bees in the Spring!

Scott Wilson

VBA Secretary

December 21, 2013

 

With snow on the ground and a cold north wind blowing it is the perfect time to start planning for your next season bees. This is written for the new beekeeper to give a broad overview of the tools/equipment needed, resources available, and purchase timing with respect to a Langstroth Hive.

Start your research early. Keeping bees is not a set and forget type of hobby. Bees need to be managed just like any other agricultural endeavor. Education and knowledge is helpful but “hands on” training provided by a mentor is the most valuable. There is not one seasoned beekeeper alive who would deny this.

Research: Ideally seek out your local or state bee club. Every state has one and in Vermont it can be found at http://www.vermontbeekeepers.org. Look for mentor programs, classes or training for beginning beekeepers. You will most likely find lots of people who would love to talk to you about getting started in beekeeping. This is how my wife and I got started and it has proved to be immensely profitable. We were given great advice, had people to call when we had questions leaving us feeling that much more capable. There are also beginning beekeeping classes offered by local beekeeping supply houses like Betterbee, beginning beekeeping courses at Champlain Valley Union High School, and various online resources. Be wary of the internet. If you see something on YouTube validate it with a local beekeeper just for good measure

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VERMONT’S BUMBLE BEE POPULATIONS DECLINING

Vermont’s bumble bees are in serious peril, according to a new study by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Three of the 15 bumble bee species found in Vermont are thought to be extinct and at least one other species is in decline. Bumble bees pollinate crops such as apples, blueberries and tomatoes, making them critical to Vermont’s agricultural economy.

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Mike Palmer Speaks at the UK’s National Honey Show

Mike Palmer

 Our very own Mike Palmer was asked to speak at this year's National Honey Show in the UK.  Below is an announcement from the Honey Show along with a link to one of Mike's talks.

The 2013 National Honey Show is now over and you can find the Full Results and the Cup Awards list on the website together with the slide shows for each day. These are available to download from DropBox to use in newsletters, websites and publicity purposes.

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Final Grant Report - USDA and the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

We recently submitted a final report for a two-year grant from the USDA and the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.  The first year helped us to pay some of the cost for our members to attend the Eastern Apicultural Society annual conference held in Burlington in August of 2012.  The second year enabled us to launch our Mobile Mentor program.  

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