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 October 17th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wintering Bees in Florda: Now What? (7:00pm - 8:00pm)
Everywhere else in the country is preparing their hives for winter. We'll discuss the things we do differently in Florida for winter prep and maintenance, along with what to expect from our bees until Spring! We'll also discuss feeding and treating, and when to do each of those. 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 President/Vice President/Secretary/Apiary Management, 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 October 19th
(tentative, weather permitting; watch this post for updates)
8:00am - 10:00am
Hands-on workshop at 8:00am: we'll split or condense hives where we can, monitor for health, perform varroa count samples (both sugar and alcohol shake methods), with demonstrations!
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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