Thursday, March 28, 2019

Transportation of bees or used equipment into the State
From state inspector Dave Tremblay
Title 6 : Agriculture Chapter 172 : Inspection Of Apiaries
(Cite as: 6 V.S.A. § 3032)
§ 3032. Transportation of bees or used equipment into the State

(a) No bees, used equipment, or colonies shall be brought into the State of Vermont unless accompanied by a valid (government) certificate of inspection within the previous ten months from the state or country of origin stating that the bees, used equipment, or bee colonies are free from bee disease.
(b) Any person...who transports... used equipment or colonies to a point within this State shall provide the secretary with a copy of the certificate of inspection not more than 72 hours after entry into this State.
Buying bees in Vermont? - make sure the Vermont Apiary program has inspected them!
§ 3028. Traffic in bees; inspection; certification
A person engaged in the rearing of bees for sale shall have his or her apiary inspected by the Secretary at least twice during each summer season and, if any disease is found which is injurious to bees, shall at once cease to ship bees from such diseased apiary until the Secretary declares, in writing, such apiary free from all such diseases, and whenever the Secretary shall find the apiary rearing bees for sale free from disease, he or she shall furnish the owner with a certificate to that effect.
Do you have bees? Help us prevent disease outbreaks and register your apiary location!
§ 3023. Duties to report
It shall be the duty of any person who is the owner of any bees, apiary, colony, or hive to report to the Secretary in writing:
(1) the location of all such apiaries and number of colonies. The location of an apiary shall become its registered location;
(2) the change of location of any apiary within two weeks unless the change of location is to provide pollination services and the colonies will be returned to a registered apiary. Hives from a registered apiary may be moved to another registered apiary without reregistering;
(3) the discovery of a serious disease within any of his or her colonies;
(4) the transportation into this State of any colonies or used equipment, except as noted in subsection 3032(c) of this title; and
(5) the fact that he or she is engaged in the rearing of queen bees or any other bees for sale, if applicable.
thank you - we are all in this together.
Direct questions about these laws to Dave's email address listed above.

Monday, March 25, 2019

 Meeting Announcement   April 11, 2019  7:00 PM

Our next meeting will include a potluck, election of officers and a speaker. 
Aaron Morris of Round Lake NY will be sharing his experiences and tips in making spring splits.

Election of officers:  If you would like to run for office in the club please let Jeanne know before the April meeting.

A club runs on the work of many folk. 
Please look at the following needs and let us know if you can help:
·         Outreach to future speakers
·         Potluck organizer
·         Set up and take down of Crispe Room furniture
·         Publicity
·         Beginner Course organizer

SABA Spring Seminar  March 30, 2019 Malta NY
Speakers: Dr. Kim Skyrm (MA Director of Bee Inspectors), Michael Bush (treatment free writer), Anthony Nearman (U of MD, VanEngelsdorp Lab) Saturday, March 30 8 am – 4:30 pm at the HVCC TEC-SMART facility at 345 Hermes Rd. in Malta NY Register by March 23.

Apimondia info is sent to us through the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association:
APIMONDIA 2019 The next international conference for beekeepers to be held in this western hemisphere will be in Montreal, 8-12 September. Please see conference details and outlines of the program: The program will include presentations by world-renowned researchers and practitioners at the Palais de Congress, 1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Place.

Additional discounts on the $375 CAD full pre-registration fee (about $250 USD) will be available if you sign-up through Stephen Wilson, with the code, which he will provide, no later than 26 March. He is acting as a Registration Ambassador for SABA and other local beekeepers to attain the special discounts. After 30 March the conference registration will increase to $445 CAD. Please contact by email: or by phone: 518/861-8020

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28 from 6:30-9:00 PM. 
To sign up or for more information call Jeanne Davis 802-823-7955 or e-mail

Monday, December 24, 2018

Bennington County Beekeepers Club

January 10, 2019 at 7pm

Our Speaker will be Chris Cripps of Better Bee talking about Varroa.  If you want Chris to bring an order from Greenwich with him, he’s very willing to do so.  Just place your order ahead of time.

Chris is about to be the past president of the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association and is an owner of Betterbee in Greenwich.  Chris has been a large animal vet and is currently involved in training veterinarians in issues around the use of antibiotics as treatments for American Foulbrood.  Chris has spoken to our group in the past and we are glad to welcome him back.

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

7:30 Business Meeting

7:45 Speaker

8:45 Questions

The Crispe Room, Vermont Veterans Home
325 North Street
Bennington, VT 05201

*Our Beginner Short Course will be on January 24, 31, February 7, 14, and 28.

*The Vermont Beekeepers Association Winter meeting will be on January 29   at the VT Farm Show in Essex Junction VT  (at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds).  The summer meeting will be in the southern part of our state on July 13.

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

Also please note that Better Bee has already begun taking nuc and package bee orders a full month ahead of their usual ordering dates.
Initial ordering began December 15th. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

BCBC November meeting goes on the road

Please feel welcome to attend our November meeting, which will be held this Thursday, November 1, at 7 PM, in Room 203 of the Physics building at Williams College (Williamstown, MA). 
Dewey Caron will deliver a talk on honey bee 'language' entitled "What Are the Bees Saying?", jointly sponsored by the Bennington Beekeepers' Club, the Northern Berkshire Beekeepers' Association, and Williams College. 
Parking for the event is located in Spring Street in Williamstown, see the email from Erin Kiley which contains a map showing the parking area and the short walk to the Physics building. You can also see a copy of a map of the campus at this link:

Monday, September 24, 2018

Bennington County Beekeepers’ Club

Thursday, October 11, 2018
7:00 p.m. meeting
Crispe Room at the Vermont Veteran's Home

7:00 pm  Pot-Luck Dinner:  
Please bring a dish to share.

7:35 pm Business Meeting:  
Please read the minutes from the September meeting included in this mailing.

8:00 pm  Presentation by Andrew Munkres of Lemon Fair Honeyworks, Cornwall, VT:  
Sustainable Beekeeping Practices

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

Club member Gunny Gundrum is looking to sell all of his 40 years’ worth of beekeeping equipment. This includes new bottom boards, frames, covers, packages of foundation, as well as used boxes, a 4-frame hand powered extractor with settling tank, jars, swarm traps, stainless steel drain trays, two boxes of combs with honey and 4+ boxes of frames with drawn comb. Also included is a hive of bees, new this year from Antoine, that we mite tested (very low 2/300 bees) and that are doing very well.  Gunny hopes to sell the whole collection in one sale. If you are interested call him at 518-368-3409 or . If you are interested in only parts of what he has to sell you can leave him a message but he's really hoping to sell it all as a complete package.

As always, if you would prefer to receive these notices via e-mail, please let Erin Kiley know: , or call 603-724-0514 or 413-662-5144.