VT Bee Blog

Welcome to the Vermont Bee Blog...

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.

VBA Members are invited to submit their thoughts, articles and images. Simply login to the site and click the Submit an Article button to join the conversation. livemarks


"Liquid Rope Coil Effect"

We've all admired the beauty of honey as it runs out of the extractor and forms a coil. This is called the "Liquid Rope Coil Effect". This video explains that phenomenon using honey.

News from the VBA Library

A new book has been added to the library: The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives, by VBA member Christy Hemenway.tbhivebook

This book is an easy reading, basic introduction for the new beekeeper who is interested in treatment-free beekeeping in top bar hives. Bee biology, top bar hive setup, inspections, over-wintering, harvesting, pests and diseases are reviewed.

This book or others can be checked out by going to the Library section of the Members Only page on this site and selecting “Contact the Librarian.”

The VBA Library will be at the upcoming winter meeting and items will be available for borrowing by current VBA members.

If you currently have a library item checked out, members can return it to the library at the meeting.

If you have a personal beekeeping book that is gathering dust, please consider donating it to the library.

EAS 2013 Announcement

First in a series of updates about the Eastern Apicultural Society's Annual Conference and Short Course in 2013:

West Chester University, West Chester, PA, August 5 - 9, 2013


The Planning Committee for the 2013 Conference & Short Course is proud to introduce not one, but two, keynote speakers for our annual event!

Dr. Mark Winston, Simon Fraser U & Mr. Brian Snyder, PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture.

Read more...

Check your hives after wind storm !

Hello all,  yesterday we had severe wind in the area, which I expect you all experienced.  Anyway I was away for a few hours and when I returned home my neighbor suggested I check out my hives.  The wind had blown both of the top feeders, with stones, completely off the hives.  He was kind enought to put the tops back on and saved my hives.  I did find an inner cover about 40 feet away and replaced it.  The hive was a little disturbed and was flying around a little, but was not aggressive.  It appears that all is well and thanks to a good neighbor, who knows nothing about keeping bees, the day was saved.  Merry Christmas to all.  Peter.