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.

Upcoming  Meetings

 The Orange County Beekeeper
Introduction to Beekeeping
  Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
7:00 pm
 Doors open at 6:00 pm.
This month we will be featuring a Beekeeping 101 seminar. Our friends from Pierce-Mieras Beekeeping Supply store will be doing a talk about equipment. Then we will also have our member, Kris Fricke, speak about beginning topics and how to get started with your first hive. Kris will cover location and setting up your beeyard, smoker lighting and use, Frame manipulation and tool usage, Comb and brood inspection, queen location and other important techniques necessary for good beekeeping.
Kris Fricke began attending OCBA meetings with his father when he was 11, over 20 years ago.  In 2007 he started working full time for Bee Busters as their Chief beekeeper.  He has taught beekeeping in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt and Guinea and ran a  500 hive operation in Australia.

Special event 

Package Bees &
Queen Order

The OCBA will once again be sponsoring a group order for package bees and queens for 2015. Prices include all transportation and handling costs. You must be a current paid member to participate in this event. Pick-up date is currently set for the end of April. Members will receive an event sign-up via email. Ordering is first come, first serve. Because space is limited, we do not post a link on this site to ensure our members are given ample opportunity to purchase their bees. If you do not receive your email invite, please contact the event coordinator, Amy Cripps, via email.

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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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