Monday, May 21, 2018

Upcoming Summer Events Calendar

May 20 - World Bee Day (United Nations)

May 21 - SABA meeting on cut comb honey production 

May 22 - Nothern Berkshire Beekeepers meeting on Spring Management 

June 2 - Bennington Beekeepers field visit to John and Melanie Letourneau's apiary in Pownal 

June 9 - Langstroth Bee Festival, 2nd Congregational Church, Greenfield MA 9:30-12:30.  Looking to carpool?  Call Jeanne 802-823-7955 Our pastor Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth invented the modern moveable frame beehive in 1852. He wrote the first apiary manual here, "On the Hive and the Honeybee," still in world wide use today. Every June since 2010, Bee Fest celebrates the importance of bees today with free fun kid activities and informative lectures by leading experts.

June 14 - Bennington Beekeepers Club discussion meeting, no meal, 7:00, see earlier post.

June 23 - VT Beekeepers Association summer meeting Swanton VT. 

June 23 - Betterbee Field Day, free but must sign up ahead of time.  Speaker Dr. Kirsten Traynor 9-3 pm 

June 30 - Bennington Farmer's Market Our club will have an exhibit/table. Do you have some honey to sell?

July 28 - Pownal Valley Fair Bennington Beekeepers booth, We need volunteers for our table, set up and take down.  2 hour shifts are needed 10:00-3:00 

We are still negotiating a site and date for our club picnic in August, look for further details soon.

August 25 - Sun and Fun ecological fair at 2nd Cong. Church Bennington.  We need volunteers for our booth, set up and take down.  2 hour shifts are needed

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Bennington County Beekeepers Club's next meeting on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
                          Saturday, June 2, 2018, Field Visit   10am to 12 noon
We’ll be meeting at Melany and John Letourneau’s bee yard on Mount Anthony Rd. in Pownal.  Bring a veil, gloves, a drink and sunscreen.  We’ll be looking into hives and discussing what we see, what’s going on and what beekeeper management might be coming up next.  Directions to the bee yard:

In Pownal go to Mount Anthony Rd. by turning west from Route 7 at the Pownal Center Fire House (North Pownal Rd.) and travel west till you see Mount Anthony Rd.  It will be the next right after passing Carpenter Hill Rd.  Travel north from the foot of Mt Anthony Rd., about 100 yards up on the left look for the bee hives. 

                        Our Next regular Club Meeting is June 14, 2018 at 7 pm
                        at the
                The Crispe Room, Vermont Veterans Home
                  325 North Street
                     Bennington, VT 05201 
                         There will be no potluck at the June meeting. 

                 TOPIC is Group Discussion of Spring/Summer Management of Hives

Friday, March 16, 2018

                           Bennington County Beekeepers Club's Next Meeting

                  April 12, 2018 at 7 PM for Potluck 
                      The Crispe Room, Vermont Veterans Home
                325 North Street
              Bennington, VT 05201

                        Speaker Joanna Santos, will be discussing Floral Sources & Saving Seeds                                           
                      We will also discuss Spring Bee Management.                       

    Bring a dish to share for the Pot Luck, as you are able.

                         For more information, contact President Jeanne Davis at               or call 802-823-7955 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Bennington County Beekeepers Club-January Meeting

 The BCBC will hold their January 2018 meeting at
The Crispe Room, Vermont Veterans Home
325 North Street
Bennington, VT 05201
on January 11, 2018 at 7 PM

Planned Schedule of events:

7:00 Pot Luck Supper: Bring a dish to share

7:30 Business Meeting

7:45 Our Guest Speaker will be Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary, Deerfield, MA talking about “Managing Healthy Honey Bee Colonies”  

Dan is a past president of the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association and is an active member of the Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association.  His work focuses on using the best breeding stock, providing nutrition using natural sources of forage, and the early detection & prevention of disease and pests. 

8:45 Question and answer session

 For more information, contact Jeanne Davis at or  802-823-7955                                         

2018 Beginning Beekeeping Course

The Bennington County Beekeepers Club will again offer a free (donations welcomed) beginner course for new beekeepers.  
Learn about the life of honey bees, the skills and equipment needed to care for them and the many challenges they face.  
Classes will meet at the Vermont Veterans Home, in Bennington, in the Crispe Room on January 25, February 1, 8, 15 and March 1 from 6:30-9:00 PM.  
To sign up or for more information call Jeanne Davis 802-823-7955 or e-mail  

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Bennington County Beekeepers Club
October Meeting
Thursday 10/12/2017
7:00 PM   

Our October meeting will include a talk by Anne Frey of the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association.  Her topic will be “Oops!” It’s a humorous look at when things go wrong. 

Pot Luck Supper:  Bring a dish to share

Location:           The Crispe Room in the Vermont Veterans Home
                           325 North Street
                           Bennington VT 05201

Tasks to be on top of this time of year:
·       Make sure there are no mice in your hives and install mouse guards
·       Check for honey stores and begin to feed if hives are light
·       Finish harvest, extraction, get extracted frames cleaned up by hives
·       Check that hive woodenware is in good shape for winter

As you are putting away items for winter don’t hesitate to set aside a tool or piece of equipment that could be used as a door prize!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

                   The Bennington County Beekeepers Club
                               September Meeting
                                        Thursday Sept. 14, 2016 at 7 pm
                                at The Crispe Room in Vermont Veteran's Home
                           325 North Street
                             Bennington, VT 05201

        Antoine Fahey will be our speaker: Preparing Colonies for Winter

                        Pot Luck Supper, Bring a Dish to Share  

Mite-A-Thon is a national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a one week window.  All beekeepers will be asked to participate, creating a rich distribution of sampling sites in Canada, the US. and Mexico. Their varroa monitoring data will be uploaded to

Please consider sending your data to :, Pollinator Partnership for the week of September 9-16th.

For more information, contact Jeanne Davis at or call 802-823-7955