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.




OCBA Fair Booth

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Upcoming  Meetings

Tuesday, April 5th

Package Bee Installation
Amy Cripps & Devin Ferrian

Learn how to install your packages correctly, and care for your new bees properly.

Varroa Mites in the Spring
Rob Stone
We meet the 1st Tuesday of each month, except in August during the OC Fair, unless otherwise notified.
Our meetings are in the Silo Building
at the OC Fairgrounds.
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
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Special Events

Package Bee &
Queen Order

 Members of our group will have the chance to join a group order for package bees and individual queens this spring. Due to some unforeseen circumstances with our vendor, ordering is a later than planned but will begin in very soon in March with delivery taking place on April 29th or 30th. Members only may participate, so you must find the ordering link in your email. If you are on the mailing list you will receive the notice when ordering opens. You can NOT order from this website. Our apologies for confusion with the old ‘login’ and ‘register’ buttons. Those were for message boards that are not currently active.

(Youth Expo)

April 15th – 17th
Orange County Fairgrounds
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The club will have our annual booth at the Imaginology Event to show off our live observation hive and sell honeystix. Our Queenbee just might be attending. Come join us! Volunteers will be needed to man the booth during all open hours. Stay tuned for details or ask a board member about volunteering for a shift.

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!


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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