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.

Special event 


Friday and Saturday September 5 – 6, 2014

Hive Management,  Disease and Pest Management 

We would like to thank Randy Oliver once again for putting on a wonderful lecture and demonstration for all of us until we ran out of questions to ask. For those of you who did not get a chance to come out on Friday and Saturday you really missed out on a wealth of information. Hopefully you will get to see Randy in action at the California State Beekeepers Association convention in November (he will be speaking 2 or 3 times and he alone will be worth the cost to go to the convention) or if we get Randy to come down again next year.

Randy is a commercial beekeeper who runs 1200 hives, raises queens and nucs. He is also a biological scientist who does a phenomenal amount of field research. He uses scientific methods and backs up what he presents with real data. He publishes each month in The American Bee Journal and is the author of scientificbeekeeping.com. We encourage you to check out his articles , check out his website and donate to support his continued research. He is an unending wealth of knowledge about beekeeping who can put difficult concepts into terms everyone can understand.

Thanks again Randy


Upcoming  Meetings

Testing and Treatment

Tuesday October 7, 2014 6:30 pm

Imagine a large rat sucking your blood through a 3/4″ hole in your chest. This is what the relative size of a mite would be in relation to a human. All hives have some Varroa mites in them. If your hive is heavily infested it is very likely not going to survive the winter and needs to be treated. These parasites are similar to having fleas and ticks on your dog or cat. If your dog or cat were infested with fleas and ticks would you treat them?  Well being a good beekeeper you should be treating for the flea and tick of bees, Varroa mites.  First though are your bees infested with Varroa mites? Do you know how to test to see if they are? Do you know what will happen if they are infested? If they are infested do you know how to treat? If you do not know the answers to the above questions come to the October meeting and we will teach you how to test and treat if needed.

We look forward to seeing you all there. 

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. 

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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