Bill Smith is the newest Vermont Certified Beekeeper. He provided us with his thoughts on beekeeping in Vermont and the VBA...
My life as a bee keeper started about 9 or 10 years ago. I was frustrated year after year trying to persuade a local bee keeper to put a couple of hives in my orchard. I got fed up to the point I decided to get my own hives, not wanting to be a bee keeper at all but seeing no alternative.
I picked up a nuc colony the next spring and joined the VBA. Things were going great with my hive when I signed up at the VBA summer meeting to work the Tunbridge Fair that September with a more experienced bee keeper.
Vermont Beekeepers Association
Saturday, August 6, 2011, 9:15 AM– 4:00 PM
Brown's River Middle School
20 River Rd, Jericho, VT
Hosted by the Chittenden County Beekeepers Club
Our speaker will be Jennifer Berry. Jennifer is the apicultural research coordinator and lab manager at the University of Georgia honey bee lab. She is actively involved in all aspects of honey bee research and education. Her research emphasis has been a queen breeding program and incorporating IPM for mite and beetle control. Besides her day job, Jennifer runs a side business selling queens and nucs. She is also a regular columnist for Bee Culture magazine and travels extensively to speak to local, state, national, and international beekeeping associations. In 2006 she was the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) President and hosted a very successful meeting in Young Harris, Georgia.
Jennifer will be speaking about the sub-toxic effects of pesticides.
A complete meeting agenda will be published soon!
Thursday, Lt. Governor Phil Scott worked another shift on his "Vermont Everyday Jobs" tour alongside some rather intimidating co-workers: tens of thousands of bees.
Scott worked with Michael Palmer of French Hill Apiary in St. Albans, who's been in the bee-raising business for more than 35 years. Palmer trained the "new-bee" Lt. Governor on safe bee handling techniques, and showed him how to make up mating nucleus colonies, or "mating nucs," which help to start new hives. In this process, part of each hive is split off into a smaller box without their queen, and a new queen cell is introduced the following day. When the queen hatches, she flies off and mates, and returns to the nucleus hive to lay thousands of eggs.