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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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.