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- Published on August 19, 2011
- Written by Peter Hadeka
Hello everyone. I discovered, with the help of Steve Parise, that I had some mites in my hives. I ordered some MAQS, Mite Away Quick Strips, and thought I would let you know how things went. I placed the patties in the hives a week ago. I have not disturbed the hives since placing, per the directions.
I did have a small amount of bearding on one of the hives the following day but the bees kept coming and going as usual, this was expected. There are questions as to whether the paper has to be removed after the treatment. It is apparent that the bees take care of this themselves, there are little white specs of paper, and a few bigger pieces on the ground in front of the hives.
Pretty cool. Anyway, as advertised I do not see any apparent harm to the hives and am confident that the formic acid has taken care of the infestation. Due to the possibility of thunder storms today I have not looked in the hives, perhaps tomorrow.
If I do discover a problem I will update, however I do not expect any problems. Perhaps the MAQS will be the answer to the Mite problem.
- Published on August 8, 2011
- Written by Kim Greenwood
New Beekeeping Grant Lessons Learned
New beekeepers have lots of lessons to learn and experienced beekeepers have even more lessons to learn: beekeeping is all about learning. In the spring of 2010 through the spring of 2011 the Vermont Beekeepers Association worked with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets to procure funds from the USDA Specialty Crop Development Block Grant to fund new beekeeper's start up costs for 17 Vermonters.
One of the requirements of this grant was for the new beekeepers to share the top five things that they learned. These are compiled below in no particular order. I think you'll agree that these beekeepers have a sense of humor and learned quite a bit in their first year.
- Published on July 22, 2011
- Written by Webmaster
...and You Can Help!
Two of Vermont's signature crops get the spotlight Sept. 10 on Vermont Public Television when chef Sean Buchanan hosts an all-new, live "VPT Cooks: Apples & Honey." Sean will be joined by local cooks demonstrating their favorite sweet and savory recipes using fresh Vermont apples and honey.
That's where you come in. VPT is looking for favorite home recipes featuring apples or honey, We'll use them in the program's companion cookbook during our live fundraising broadcast. Dont be shy - we want your favorites! It's a great opportunity to get a little recognition (recipe donors are cited in the book), and to share your favorite dishes with your neighbors.
- Published on July 18, 2011
- Written by Annie Watson
Please sign on to support this act about preserving habitat and forage plants along our highways. This is H.R. 2381 and has just been introduced. It's supported by many organizations including the American Beekeeping Federation and the American Honey Producers Association.
Loss of habitat is a big issue for many pollinators, honeybees not the least of which, as well as birds, bats, and butterflies. Reducing mowing would preserve habitat as well as reduce pollution and local and state transportation costs. More info and the support letter to sign can be found at http://pollinator.org/BEEAct.htm.
Thank you -- Annie
(I took the picture above 3 days ago on the roadside in front of my home. A honey bee gathers nectar and pollen from a chicory flower. These flowers bloom along roadsides all over Vermont. When the state (or town) comes by and mows the roadside, the flowers are cut -- and no more food for bees and other pollinators, and habitat reduction for birds. What about poison parsnip? Well, according to various authorities on the subject, mowing at this time of year only serves to spread the seeds of the poison parsnip, which have now formed -- furthering the spread of this invasive plant.)