Vermont Beekeepers Association


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Learn to be a Beekeeper

Where can I learn about beekeeping?

The Vermont Beekeepers Association runs workshops at its northern bee yard from April to September each year.  Topics and locations can be found on the VBA Calendar.

We also suggest looking through all the resources on this site - and join the Vermont Beekeepers Association. You'll have access to mentors willing to work one-on-one with you as well as other tools and services.

Recommended Books

Recommended Books

  1. Honey Bee: Parasites, Pest, Predators, and Diseases, Penn. State University
  2. Beekeeping Basics, MAAREC & Penn State. Nice guide, lots of photos, covers it all in a spiral bound notebook form (not available on
  3. The Beekeepers Handbook,  Diana Sammataro
  4. The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden, Kim Flottum
  5. First Lessons for Beekeepers, Keith Delaplane, Dadant & Co. 
  6. Bees Besieged,  by Bill Mares, A.I. Root & Co.
  7. Natural Beekeeping,  by Ross Conrad
  8. Fruitless Fall, by Rowan Jocobsen, Bloomsbury
  9. The Forgotten Pollinators, Buchmann & Nahban, Shearwater Books
  10. A Book of Bees, Sue Hubbell, Random House
  11. Honeybee Democracy, Thomas D. Seeley, Princeton Books

Also recommended is a subscription to either Bee Culture, geared to beginners or American Bee Journal, geared to commercial beekeeping. (VBA membership gives you a discount for each of these magazines.)

Links to Beekeeping Sites


Services & Information Sites:

Bee Plants:

Honey & Pollen:

Top Bar Hives (An Inexpensive Beekeeping Method):

Don't see what you need? If you have suggestions or additions please send them to the webmaster.

Swarm Captures

Do you have a swarm of honey bees and don't know what to do?


400px-Bee swarm smWe may be able to help! Swarming, while frightening to those unfamiliar with it, is a natural part of a bee's reproductive cycle.

First, don't panic. Contact a beekeeper closest to you for swarm removals. (Towns listed are the home towns of the beekeepers but many are willing to travel.) Please make sure you are looking at honey bees! If possible, take a photo of what you are looking at before contacting someone on this list. VBA Members: To be included on this list please email to:

GoshenChad Beckwith802-759-3116

BrandonGreg Smela

BurlingtonBill Mares
Tone Cantrell

Kim Greenwood


Ian Ormon
EdenJon T. Creighton802-635-1701 (h)
802-241-5285 (w)
HartlandJeffrey Hamelman802-436-1326 
(No calls after 6PM)
MontpelierJeffrey Allen802-223-4342

MontpelierDon Varney802-522-4929

MorrisvilleAmy Walker802-888-3242

PittsfordJohn Bodin

802-483-6765 (h)

802-417-5131 (c)


ShelburneDavid Prior802-985-2379 (h)
802-343-2254 (c)
ShelburneRick Stoner802-985-9456

How to Join the VBA

If you prefer...

You may download and print this application (PDF). Mail it with your check in the appropriate amount payable to Vermont Beekeepers Association for your membership to the address below. Please include your $15 Regular/Individual or $25 Family annual membership dues (no cash, please), and we'll count you among our ranks.

Vermont Beekeepers Association
PO Box 764
Burlington VT 05402-0764


Cooking With Honey is Healthy!

Color, Flavor, and Form

Honeys differ in color and taste depending on the blossoms visited by the honey bees. Honey can be enjoyed in several forms -- comb honey, liquid honey and whipped honey.


Store honey at room temperature. It does not need to be refrigerated.

Honey Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

3/4 cup Mayonnaise

1/3 cup Honey

2 tbsp Poppy Seeds

1 tbsp Dijon- style mustard

Whisk together ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.

Honey Apple Chutney

2 apples cored and chopped

3/4 cup each currants and chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped bell pepper and snipped dates

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 cup honey

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In medium skillet combine apple, currants, onion, bell peppers, dates and garlic.

Combine honey, vinegar and cinnamon. Add to skillet mixture. Mix well.

Bring to a boil, decrease heat to a simmer and cook about 40 minutes stirring occasionally. Cool and refrigerate.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups.


Honey Bran Muffins

1 1/2 cups sifted flour

1 cup bran

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 beaten egg

1/3 cup honey

2/3 cup milk

3 1/2 tsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients. Combine remaining ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Stir only enough to moisten. Fill well greased muffin tins 2/3 full.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes.


Honey Butter

1/2 C soft butter

1/2 C honey

Cream butter and honey. Beat until fluffy.