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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.

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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.



From VBA Member Annie Watson at Thistle Hill Apiary and Gardens in New Haven comes this great image and a lesson...wildhive

It seems the days of this small swarm colony are numbered...And yet they valiantly work to bring in the last of the nectar.

"A lesson for us humans, to carry on and keep trying to solve the problems... even when it seems a pointless endeavor...Never to give up. This is a practical lesson, but one for our hearts as well."

If you are a VBA member and have an interesting picture or story about bees and beekeeping we would like to feature it on the VBA website. We are looking for articles and images that tell your story or show your bee yards. Be creative! Please forward any submissions to  and we'll post them here.