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

Monday, July 3, 2017

Bennington Beekeepers Club 
August 2017 Meeting Information

August 10, 2017
Bennington Beekeepers Club
Field Visit and Potluck Picnic  4:30 PM
240 Cleveland Road
Dalton, MA 01226- Farm at Dalton/Hinsdale Line
413-684-0598 house
413-770-3321 cell

From Amy:    Also, I am about a two minute drive to Wahconah Falls State Park. There is a nice waterfall that is a two minute walk from the parking lot. It would be worth swinging by there before or after the picnic.  Alternatively, perhaps we could go up there together in groups? 

Let Jeanne know if you plan to come and if you’d like to carpool.

 We’ll be taking a look in Amy’s hives so bring a veil.
Bennington County Beekeepers Club
Upcoming Beekeeping Events
July 2017

July 1
Bennington Farmers Market Educational Table for
Bennington County Beekeepers Club
*Contact Jeanne if you can help!  802-823-7955


JULY 8, 2017

 CLARK ART INSTITUTE, Williamstown, Mass.- register at Clark Art Website online
11:00 am-12:30 pm
Horticulturist and Clark Grounds Manager Matthew Noyes joins beekeeper Dave Thayer to discuss “Clark Buzz,” the Institute’s bee program, and tour the landscape. Visitors should meet at the Orientation Center located outside the entrance to the Clark Center. Space is limited and registration is required. Extreme weather cancels this event.

SATURDAY, JULY 8th, 2017         website for details
Vermont Beekeepers’ Association Summer Meeting- Potluck & Certification Test Available
Middlebury Union High School, 73 Charles Avenue, Middlebury, VT-starts 8:45am
Speaker: Dr. Kirsten Trainor, “Mullein Blossoms: Honey for your Health”

July 9-11
NY Bee Wellness
Dates: Friday, July 7, 7-9pm session, Medhat Nasr, PhD presentation; open to all levels, beginner to advanced, General Admission, 20.00
        Saturday, July 8, 9-5pm, Lecture and Demo, Boxed Lunches available for 7.50, open to all levels, beginner to advanced, General Admission, 50.00
         Sunday & Saturday combined, July 9, 9-5pm Workshop, a full day of hive inspection and microscopy; enrollment limited for the Sunday session; participants must meet requirements* and also attend the Saturday session, Sunday is the field and lab session. LUNCH INCLUDED Both Days 150.00
*NOTE: ONLY Sunday participants need to have 2+ years of beekeeping experience, and be willing to teach others; email Pat Bono for additional info:

Location: Morrisville State College, Morrisville NY 13408, Charleton Hall Rm 126

July 29, 2017 

Pownal Valley Fair

Behind the Post Office and Firehouse - Pownal, VT 05261  
Our club will have an informational table at this event.
* Please let Jeanne know if you can help.

July 31-August 4
EAS 2017 Eastern Apicultural Society
University of Delaware, Newark DE
Clayton Hall Conference Center.
Presenters include: Jennifer Berry, Michael Palmer, Tom Seeley, Marla Spivak, Jay Evans (USDA), Jim Tew…

Short Course and Main Conference Combination (Mon-Fri) $250
Short Course Only (Mon-Wed) $175
Main Conference Only (Wed-Fri) $175
Single Day Fee $65

Friday, June 2, 2017

               The Bennington County Beekeepers Club
                        June Meeting
                            Thursday June 8th, 2017

                                Location: The Crispe Room in the Vermont Veteran's Home
                                325 North Street
                              Bennington, Vermont 05201

                                Pot Luck Supper at 7 PM:  Bring a dish to share

                                          Business Meeting begins at 7:30  
                                  Discussion after the Business Meeting:  Management issues:
                                   Bring your questions and your experiences and we will share together!

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

Friday, April 28, 2017

Please note that the meeting date has changed due to inclement weather!!

The Bennington County Beekeepers Club
May Meeting
Saturday 5/20/2017
2:00 PM to 3:30 (or so)

(Rain Date Saturday 5/20/17)

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.  

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 June Meeting will be on June 8 at 7:00 pm
Discussion meeting covering management issues.  Bring your questions and your experiences and we’ll share together.
Location: The Crispe Room in the Vermont Veterans Home
325 North Street
Bennington VT 05201
Pot Luck Supper:  Bring a dish to share

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

April Meeting
Thursday 4/13/2017
Please note date change from 4/20/17

Our April meeting will feature longtime Vermont beekeeper and queen-breeder Mike Palmer of French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans.  Our meeting will begin with a pot-luck dinner, followed by a brief business meeting, and will end with questions and answers after Mike’s presentation.  You are welcome to join us for any or all parts of the meeting that interest you. 

7:00 pm              Pot-Luck Dinner:  Please bring a dish to share.
7:35 pm              Business Meeting:   The minutes from our January will be discussed.
Election of club officers for the upcoming year. 
We will try to find people to host our June and August club meetings in the field
If you are either interested in becoming a club officer or willing to invite us into your apiary for the June or August meetings, please contact 
Club President Jeanne Davis at or      802-823-7955
Or contact Julie Cassiday
at or 802-447-1194

Immediately following the business meeting at 
8:00 pm    We will feature a Presentation by Mike Palmer:  
Nature or Nurture:  A Talk About Queens

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