Vermont Beekeepers Association

Who We Are and What We Do

Vermont Beekeepers AssociationSince 1886 the VBA has promoted the general welfare of Vermont's Honey Industry, while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.  

The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents hundreds of beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey. We’re as diverse as the 246 towns in Vermont, but are unified in our fascination with and affection for bees. Most of us are hobbyists, but there are some “side liners” who try to make a bit of extra income from their 25-200 hives as well as a handful of full-time professionals. Join Today!

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Leif Richardson writes to us:

"I am a PhD student at Dartmouth College, where I work on plant-pollinator interactions, particularly pollination stuff with bumblebees.

"I am doing an experiment this year in which I hope to induce many bumblebee queens to nest indoors in artificial nest boxes, then move these colonies to particular sites in order to artificially increase the density of pollen-collecting flower visitors.

"(The plant in question is turtlehead, Chelone glabra.) In order to get these colonies off the ground, I need to provide newly emerged queens with pollen, the fresher the better. So my question is: do you know of any beekeepers who might be willing to harvest pollen from a hive or two for me starting as soon as the bees begin foraging for it?

"I can pay for this--though I'm not sure what the going rate might be for such a service.

"Related to this, I'd like to try a similar experiment in the future with honeybee colonies in place of bumblebees. How would I find a beekeeper who would rent me some hives that would be placed at forested or wetland sites for 3-4 weeks to forage on native plants?"


If you can assist Leif please contact him at: