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

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