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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Three Burlington beekeepers teamed up over the weekend of August 24-25th to harvest nearly 250 pounds of honey from their respective apiaries.  

For Patricia Ferreira (of Three Berry Bees), Lisa Schnell (of EnglesBees), and Janet Bellavance (of BellaBees), it was the first time each had ever done their own extracting.  A work colleague of Schnell's loaned the trio a hand-crank unit which they assembled in Schnell's garage that also served as their two-day honey depot.

They convened at 8am Saturday morning and began uncapping sixty-six frames.  Despite touch and go weather conditions over the summer, both Ferreira and Schnell had record harvests.  

Ferreira's two Old North End urban colonies produced 110 pounds while Schnell's single south end colony had a bumper 80 pounds.  Even Bellavance, who only began beekeeping in April, had a harvest of at least 25 pounds.  

UncappingFilling our Buckets

Cranking the ExtractorA makeshift honey depot for two days of extractingFiltering