The Orange Blossom Beekeepers Association (OBBA) is a collective of backyard, side-liner, and commerical beekeepers in Central Florida. The club strives to mentor novices and to serve as a resource for experienced beekeepers.
OBBA seeks to educate the public about the importance of bees and beekeeping.
Throughout the year, OBBA conducts interactive workshops in its apiary and brings in expert speakers for monthly club meetings. OBBA attends and hosts educational events throughout Central Florida.
Motto: Creating beekeepers for life
Our Mission: To educate, mentor, assist, inspire, support and promote beekeeping in the state of Florida and beyond.
Thursday November 21st
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
My Neighbors Are Nervous: what are the laws and best practices for beekeeping in Florida? (7:00pm - 8:00pm)
We'll cover the rules you need to follow to stay inside the lines when keeping your bees. This will be both the official, documented law (with links for later reference!) and general guidelines for what works best in Florida to keep healthy, calm bees. This will be followed with general round table conversation, and club maintenance conversations (8:00 pm - 9:00 pm). We will discuss upcoming shift change for club management positions, along with suggestions for how next year can be better. There may be a raffle for items in inventory, along with examples and discussion about basic beekeeping equipment. We'll be in the Azalea Room (first door past the restrooms on your left). We'd love to have you join us!
Saturday November 23rd
(tentative, weather permitting; watch this post for updates)
8:00am - 9:00am
Hands-on workshop at 8:00am: this is the "tentative" part. There's a 20% chance of rain, so we may harvest this honey early for the later part. If there is time, we can perform varroa count samples (both sugar and alcohol shake methods), with demonstrations! We'll try to make this part quick: we know the part you really want to do!
9:00am - 11:00am
As soon as we have honey to harvest, we'll take that honey to harvest There will be a hand crank extractor, and a couple of strainer stations to demonstrate ways to harvest your honey! We'll do this in the breezeway, or Butcher's Kitchen, if available. You will be able to purchase this honey from the club immediately, but eating it off your paw is free!
You must have appropriate protective gear (minimize dark and/or red items, loose fitting clothes, all skin covered). We have a limited number of veils available but you must wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, shoes with socks that come up above your calves. We do have some gloves to loan out but if you have some gardening gloves or other type you are comfortable wearing, please bring them. Remember you're trying to avoid honeybee stingers, so no netted or mesh gloves, please. Do not wear leggings, shorts, skirts and dresses, or all dark clothing. Try to wear denim jeans and light colored clothing so as not to agitate the bees. If you are not wearing proper protection you will not be permitted in the apiary. If you have any questions please contact us and we would be happy to advise.
Individual Membership is $15, annually.
Family membership (same household) is $20.
Donations are always welcome.
Membership not required to attend meetings and workshops.
Limited space events will give preference to active members.
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