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Lt. Gov. Spends the Day With Bees

Thursday, Lt. Governor Phil Scott worked another shift on his "Vermont Everyday Jobs" tour ltgov32alongside 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.


Relying on Dandelion

This letter from the Bennington Banner was recently passed along to us.

Help for a Summer School Program

VBA has been contacted by a school group interested in beekeeping:

"We are designing a farm to table theme for our summer school program. We will have a small group (approximately 5) students and were wondering if you could recommend someplace that we could tour to see bees in action. We are based out of East Randolph in central Vermont. Do you know of anyone close by who might be willing to spend some time with us?"

If you are able to help please contact Christalee Kinney, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (As always, if you do get involved please let us know how it turns out!)

"Share a Bear" Story

Have your bees experienced a close encounter of the bear kind?

If so, we'd like to hear your story. (We've heard that attacks are on the increase and it would be helpful to learn as much as we can.)

Please provide a brief description of the event along with pictures if you've got 'em and forward to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We'll post your "Share a Bear" story in this space.