Welcome to the OCBA!

The Orange County Beekeepers Association was formed in the 1970′s. We are the oldest and largest beekeeping organization in Orange County, CA. Our membership is currently comprised of mostly small-scale backyard beekeepers who are dedicated to keeping bees in the urban environment. However we welcome all members from large commercial scale beekeepers, experienced lifetime beekeepers, backyard beekeepers, to those that just want to become ‘bee-friendly’. We are always happy to get new people interested in beekeeping and help them get started with their own beehive.

We are a non-profit organization run completely by volunteers 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.

Educating the public about these fantastic creatures is one of our main goals. We sponsor booths at local events and are always happy to give presentations to school children and even adult groups. The roots here in OC are agricultural, and we haven’t forgotten that.

A little about bees

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.

The Grand Scale

The OCBA finds it important to connect with other organizations that exist to serve bees and agriculture. We are a proud affiliate club of the California State Beekeepers Association. On this website you will find links to other very valuable groups such as Project Apis m., Pollinator Partnership, and many more. Please check out our links page and visit some of our friends working towards similar goals.

Upcoming  Meetings


The Orange County Beekeeper
! Last minute update !
Mr. Randy Oliver
Commerical Beekeeper and Researcher
from Grass Valley, California

  Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
7:00 pm
 Doors open at 6:00 pm.
Come and discover why Randy is considered one of the best speakers and bee researchers in the nation. In a rare weekday appearance in Orange County, Randy will discuss the major stumbling blocks new beekeepers encounter in today’s beekeeping landscape. Beekeeping in the USA has changed dramatically in the last 20 years, and those career beekeepers, like Randy, know how difficult those changes have been.  As a regular contributor to the American Bee Journal, he does hands-on research that is funded from his own operations or contributions from clubs like ours. He grew up locally here in Orange County and has a special fondness for our area.  His commercial bee operations background set him apart from the USDA Bee Labs and University researchers, giving him a unique perspective on  beekeeping practices in the US and around the World.
 For additional background and information, visit  Randy’s Website
We know you will enjoy Randy’s presentations. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Special event 

2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow

The 2015 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow will be held in Anaheim, California at the Disneyland Hotel, January 6-10, 2015. As always, this conference promises to bring you the most up-to-date information within the beekeeping industry and the latest products and services offered by our many exhibitors and sponsors.

The 2015 ABF Conference will feature

  • Vendor tradeshow with the latest and greatest products and services in the beekeeping industry
  • Top-notch general session presentations on Wednesday morning and Thursday
  • A keynote presentation featuring Mark Winston from Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue (on Friday)
  • Shared Interest Group (SIG) meetings on Wednesday afternoon followed by the welcome reception with entertainment in the tradeshow
  • Track session on Friday morning for Beginning Beekeepers, Serious Sideliners, Commercial Beekeepers and Research presentations
  • ABF Business Meeting on Friday afternoon
  • 20+ workshops on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • 2015 Honey Show
  • Various silent and live auctions benefiting the ABF legislative fund and the American Honey Queen program
  • http://nabeekeepingconference.com/



Official 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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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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