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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VBA's Mobile Mentor Program

Thanks to a USDA Specialty Crop Development Block Grant through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, the Vermont Beekeepers Association (VBA) is undertaking the second part of a two-year grant. The first year provided reimbursement for attendance at the EAS conference in August of 2012.   For the second part of the grant in 2013:

VBA will provide to its members cost-sharing for the service of one of five expert Vermont Certified Beekeepers to visit their homes/beehives and teach them – hands-on – about what they are seeing: disease prevention and detection, good beekeeping practices and ensure that they have the knowledge and confidence to be successful at raising bees and producing honey.

This document provides information about the requirements of the grant program as well as how to apply to become a one of five geographically dispersed Mobile Mentors (MM). These Mobile Mentors will receive $250 and be required to visit a minimum of five apiaries/beekeepers in their region.  The application deadline has been extended.