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 August 15th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
What Can I Make Out of Bee Stuff? We'll go over a small sample of the tons of things you can produce for sale from your hives. This should come in handy for the following Saturday! This will be followed with general round table conversation, and club maintenance conversations (8:00 pm - 9:00 pm). We will discuss potential Honey Bee Day plans. 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 August 17th
9:00am - 5:00pm
National Honey Bee Day! We have speakers, honey tasting, vendors (that's the beekeepers!), and food trucks, including: Munchee's Coney Island (menu) and Smoke & Donuts (menu) on site at the UF Extension by our apiary! Come visit and talk with beekeepers throughout the day!
If there is a demand, we'll open the event with a short hands-on workshop at 8:00am, but we won't spend as much time as we usually spend in the apiary. This will just be a short introduction to the bees that make this all happen, for the people that want to meet them!
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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