Organic Beekeeping For Beginners Class by Ross Conrad

Attention Addison County Beekeepers, Ross Conrad is teaching a two day Organic Beekeeping Course in May 2018.  Details Below:

Saturday May 19-Sunday May 20, 2018 – Organic Beekeeping For Beginners Class – Metta Earth Institute, 334 Geary Rd. South, Lincoln, Vermont 9:00am – 5:00pm both days

This workshop provides an introduction for folks interested in small scale and part-time (backyard) beekeeping. The workshop will present a balanced view of natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices including:
location and equipment requirements, basic honey bee biology, swarming as an expression of the bees vitality, overwintering, presence and mindfulness in the bee yard, non-toxic pest and disease control, and an appreciation for the role that pollinators and beekeepers play within the Earth’s ecosystem
The program will be punctuated with an open hive demonstration with the opportunity for hands-on experience weather permitting.

Fee: $120 per person
(includes course text: Natural Beekeeping 2nd Edition)
Register: Call 802-349-4279 or email:

ACBA February Meeting – Featured Speaker Michael Palmer of French Hill Apiaries

ACBA February Meeting – Featured Speaker Michael Palmer of French Hill Apiaries

We are pleased to have Michael Palmer of French Hill Apiaries speaking to us on February 21, 2018 beginning at 6:30pm. Michael provided an excellent presentation at the VBA winter meeting and we have asked him to reprise that information. For those who attended the winter meeting presentation we encourage you to come again. This type of information is pertinent to how you will review your winter losses and for sure you may hear something that you might have missed at the winter meeting.

NOTE: The Middlebury Regional Emergency and Medical Services folks allow us to use the building based on a donation system. They usually have a fixed rate but because they respect the work we do with bees they ask for a donation only.
Also, the ACBA has enjoyed the benefit of having speakers present for free. Michael Palmer does not charge Vermont clubs although he garners a $700- $1000 for outside Vermont speaking engagements. We feel that we should offer him some compensation for his travel expenses from St. Albans.
So, If you are able to make a suggested donation $2 for the use of the facility and $3-5 for Michael that would be very helpful.

Meeting Time and Location:
Wed FEB 21st 6:30 PM

Middlebury Regional Emergency & Medical Services, Community Room.
55 Collins Dr, Middlebury, VT 05753

JAN Meeting – Honey Bee Health with Samantha Alger

Happy New Year ACBA!

Please join us for our January Meeting on Honey Bee Health with guest speaker Samantha Alger.

Meeting Time and Location:
Wed JAN 17th 6:15 PM
Middlebury Regional Emergency & Medical Services, Community Room.
55 Collins Dr, Middlebury, VT 05753

Meeting Discussion:
Honeybee health is something that we all work to ensure. Knowledge of honeybee viruses is one aspect of honey bee management and is a sign of a quality beekeeper. These viruses may be transmitted in a variety of different ways and at this meeting, Phd candidate Samantha Alger will share with us what she has learned about floral transmission sources and how this knowledge will help us to become more well-rounded beekeepers.

Thank you,
Addison County Beekeepers Association

Workshop Summary for the 2017 Season

A note of thanks to everyone who supported the ACBA group this season. We engaged in six field workshops (April-September) attended on average by 15- 20 beekeepers ranging from 0 to 5 plus winterings. They were led by four folks (Chas Mraz, Andrew Munkres, Scott Wilson, Fred Putnam) the latter of which is the newest Vermont Certified Beekeeper. There were also four indoor workshops or speakers. In all, there have been 10 well attended monthly events. The ACBA hosted the VBA 2017 summer meeting with great positive feedback from the attendees.

The FB page is active with many folks providing information relative to local and international beekeeper practices. Thanks to Chad for managing the email and website, and to Howard and Daphne (she also works to secure the Middlebury meeting location) for getting the ball rolling. In all, my observation is that a strong core group of quality beekeepers (hobbyist to commercial) is present and as a group will continue to promote planned, productive, and prosperous beekeeping based on a foundational concept of managing healthy bees.

Looking forward to 2018. Addison County..the epicenter of Vermont Beekeeping.