Study Group for the NCSBA Master Beekeeper Program and Advanced Beekeeping

Back by popular demand is the OCBA Study Group for the NCSBA Master Beekeeper Program (MBP)!  Anyone who is interested can learn more and sign up to participate by visiting
This study group is one of the many ways in which OCBA facilitates members progressing in the NCSBA MBP(Certified/Journeyman/Master/Master Craftsman).  The format is open discussion led by study group participants on the topic areas from the Study Guide for Journeyman Beekeeper as well as the Advanced Level Curriculum on the NSCBA website.  
All OCBA members are welcome, even if you are not planning to take a MBP exam this year.  We will have a lot of fun and if you participate, you will learn something new.  So sign up now on the OCBA website, then come join us on the 2nd Tuesday night from February to June at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill.  
If you wish to participate, you MUST complete the sign up form at by January 31.  
We look forward to a great group this year!  Your study group facilitators for 2020,
Chris Apple and David Eckert
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OCBA Website Resign Survey

Please participate in the OCBA Website Survey that can be found at this link

 The survey will take < 5 minutes and will help us improve our OCBA Website features.  Thank you!

The survey will be open from January 9th 2020 to February 5th.


Are you interested in being part of the Website Design Workgroup?  Responsibilities of this group are:

  • Review of the survey results
  • Gather additional website need information
  • Compile list of website specifications
  • Review website designer proposals
  • Select designer to redesign the OCBA website, this includes rebranding

Contact Celeste Mayer, OCBA 2020 President with questions or to volunteer for the Website Design Workgroup. or 919-971-1005.

10.10.19 Golden Achievement Chapter Project Grant Award and Application



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OCBA 2020 Bee School is Now Closed

If you did not get here in time, we encourage you to join us for our regular monthly meetings in Hillsborough. Also there are other high-quality introductory bee schools in this area, such as the one offered by Person County Beekeepers Association in Roxboro ( and Bailey Bee Supply, held in North Raleigh ( Both of those have large venues, are open to participants regardless of residence and have plenty of spaces remaining. In addition, the NC State Beekeepers Association has a list of bee schools and beginner classes across the state (


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January 9, 2020 Membership Meeting

Improve Floral Diversity for Bees

Honey Bees on a Maypop in Roos’ Garden

Chatham County Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will talk about the importance of floral diversity to honey bee health and provide tips on how to increase diversity and maximize benefits to honey bees. Debbie will share her top plants for bees and give a virtual tour of her popular demonstration pollinator garden in Pittsboro, NC that features over 220 unique species, 85% of them native to North Carolina. She will also share resources she has developed for farmers and gardeners interested in enhancing pollinator habitat that can be found on her website at


Since 1999 Debbie Roos has been an Agriculture Agent for the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension where she is responsible for programming in the areas of commercial vegetable production, organic production, pollinator conservation, alternative agricultural enterprises, forestry, and beekeeping. Debbie delivers educational programming to growers through regular workshops and her award-winning Growing Small Farms website ( Debbie is passionate about pollinator conservation and has planted demonstration habitats and developed resources to teach others about the importance of bees and other pollinators to our agriculture ecosystem. 


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2019 Holiday Party

Please come and enjoy the Orange County Beekeepers Association social event on Thursday the 12th starting at 7PM at our usual meeting place, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough.  
This year we’re trying something new with a Silent Auction to benefit the NC State Apiculture Program.  You’ll find some very nice items offered.  If you have something to contribute to the auction, please bring it!
Please bring an hors d’oeuvre to share.  Beverages will be provided by the club.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Celeste Mayer
2020 OCBA President
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