Welcome to the OCBA!

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of local beekeepers and our community in Orange County, CA. We hold monthly meetings, workshops and presentations for beekeepers and the public alike. Our goal is to promote urban beekeeping and awareness in beautiful southern California. Everyone is welcome to join, whether you have bees, want bees, or just want to support the cause.

Bees are some of the most fantastic creatures on earth. Not only do they provide us with honey, but also pollinate vast amounts of crops throughout the world. Did you know that about 1/3 of the food you eat depends on pollination, and bees are responsible for about 80% of that work load? Honeybees are the only pollinator that can be domestically kept on a large scale for this purpose. Millions of hives are transported across the country each year to different farms and orchards. Honeybees play a very important role in our ecosystem and economy.


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Talk Bees


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Mission Statement

The specific purposes for which this corporation is organized are to develop an institution to teach and disseminate educational materials relating to the important role of Honeybees and other pollinating insects in maintaining a stable and healthy ecosystem through publications, demonstration, lectures, and otherwise.

Other specific purposes for which this corporation is organized are, but not limited to, to encourage better beekeeping methods among beekeepers, to promote cooperation among its members, to aid in a solution of the problems of the beekeeping industry, to maintain friendly and helpful relations with those forces which are working to better the welfare of the beekeeping interests, to develop markets for apiary products, to foster a spirit of cooperation with all other agricultural interests that come in close contact with the beekeeping industry, to foster an interest in beekeeping among youth, to sponsor promotions involving beekeeping, to sponsor educational scholarships for youth within Orange County, and to engage in such other activities as will tend to improve beekeeping conditions around the world.

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Upcoming
Open Meetings

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 6:30 pm

This month we are delighted to be hosting Dr. Eric Mussen, California State Entomologist at UC Davis.

Eric’s lecture is entitled ‘Trouble Keeping Colonies Alive’. He will discuss some of the factors necessary to keeping our bees healthy and thriving.  Eric is awonderful  speaker for both novices and experts alike. Have questions about our local bee stocks or Africanized bees ? Eric is your man. Please come join us for this great speaker before he retires this summer from UC Davis. 


Tuesday, May 6, 2014 6:30 pm

Become a Beekeeper Series:
Hive Inspection. This is a critical lecture for beginning beekeepers right after you have just got your bees, don’t miss this one !!!

Presented by: Sean Crowley


Our meetings are the first Tuesday of each month, except during the Orange County Fair.

Please join us in the Silo Building
at the OC Fairgrounds.
Start Time: 6:30 PM

88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA. Click here for a map.

Members

About The OC Beekeepers Assn.

The OCBA was formed in the 1970′s. Our membership is currently comprised of mostly small-scale beekeepers who are dedicated to keeping bees in the urban environment. The roots here in OC are agricultural, and we haven’t forgotten that.

 

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