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

Honeybee Democracy

On Town Meeting Day 2011, VPR commentator (and VBA President) Bill Mares reflects on the decision-making process in human and honeybee societies.

A New Beekeeper''s Blog

In response to Diane Meyerhoff's request for stories from new beekeepers, Brennan Martin sent us a link to his blog. Nicely done at: http://settlementfarmapiary.blogspot.com.

Beekeeper Needed

Kimberly Hagan is am looking for a beekeeper in the Fairlee, Vershire area that might be interested in talking to a classroom, and maybe also doing some letter writing with a class in the next two months - Feb/March/April.

She works for NOFA-VT as an educator/resource person to get farmers and schools and community members connected. She has a teacher at the Westshire school who is studying bees and would like to get a bee person connected with her students.

If you can help her please contact her directly: Kimberly Hagan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Vermonter Invents Beehive

As we march toward EAS-Vermont 2012, we will be publishing periodic stories about the history of beekeeping in Vermont.   We welcome entries from any VBA member. 

    Well, not THE Langstroth hive, which  invented by Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth in the 1850's.   But a "Vermont Beehive" was patented in 1841 by Mr. John Weeks of Salisbury.  As he explained in his promotional material, it was "the first improvement by which honey could be gotten without destroying the bees."   Weeks was not alone in those fertiles years of the nation's first industrial revolution when inventors of all kinds were at work.  Here in Vermont the Fairbanks Scale...
      For this invention, Weeks received a silver medal from the American Institute of New York.  The hive was widely used, until the Langstroth revolution.  
      Weeks also wrote a manual of beekeeping which sold more than 20,000 copies.  He was described as a scientific farmer, in Addision County and was one of the founders of the Addison County Agricultural Society.