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.

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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Upcoming  Meetings

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017 

Speaker: Jonathan Scott
Flow Hive Update
By now, everyone has heard about the new invention, the Flow Hive. What’s it all about? Does the Flow Hive really work?  Our own Jonathan Scott has had one for the past year. He will share his experience with the Flow Hive. What are the pros and cons? Is it worth it? Join us to get a better understanding of what the buzz is all about.
Speaker: Rob Stone
Hive Management
 
Mites! Pests! What to do? Rob has been with OCBA for over a decade as a member, speaker, Board member, and is an owner of Pierce Beekeeping Equipment. He will talk about what to look for in your hives and treatment options to promote a healthy, happy hive. Doing nothing when mites and pests attack your hives can leave you a sad beekeeper without bees. Do you know what to do?

Upcoming
Special Events

Sept. 30th 2017
Randy Oliver
Beekeeping Workshop

Don’t miss your chance to see one of America’s
leading voices in beekeeping!
 
Join us for a full day of Beekeeping and Honeybee Health
Randy will be presenting a full day workshop on bee diseases, pest management, inspection techniques, and other issues beekeepers face such as food and nutrition. The afternoon will of course leave plenty of room for  Q & A.  We will have a demonstration with a live hive. This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the most knowledgeable American beekeepers in a hands-on setting!

$40.00 Registration Fee for current OCBA Members

$50.00 Registration for non-members, which will include membership for the end of 2017

Pizza Party
with Randy Oliver

Sept. 29th, 2017
Orange County Fairgrounds
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
Silo Building
Doors at 6:30
$5.00 includes Pizza and Drinks

Join us for an informal meeting with Randy Oliver! Hear the latest on his research and projects plus lots of time for Q & A.



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There’s a Pollinator App for that!

Check out this awesome new app that the Pollinator Partnership made. It can tell you exactly what to plant to attract specific pollinators, in each region, season, color, type of plant and more!

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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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