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 May 16th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carol Ann Cannizzaro will be our featured guest speaker at this month's meeting. She will present a demonstration of a 5 story hydroponic plant tower (example from Dr Jan Young here), and have examples of others! Very interesting concept and easy to operate with vetables or flowers (7:00pm - 8:00pm). This will be followed with general round table conversation (8:00 pm - 9:00 pm). There will 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 May 18th
8:00am - 10:00am
Regular workshop in our apiary. Come out and get your hands in some bees, or stand back and watch. Whatever it takes to get your comfort level up around your bees, along with guided sessions with our more experienced beekeepers to show you how to read your hives. We'll also have examples of how to harvest frames of honey, and (with any luck!) how to relocate bees from your bait boxes into a hive (if we have any new bees in our apairy's bait boxes).
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 please bring them. 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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