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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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Journeyman Certificates Awarded

OCBA’s Chris Apple, NCSBA Regional Director, awarded Journeyman Beekeeper Certificates to Lisa Vogel, Dawn Rogers and Philip Moore at OCBA’s January membership meeting. Lisa and Dawn are long time OCBA members. Philip is new to North Carolina, but was strongly encouraged to become an active member of OCBA. 

Check out the “Who We Are” page for a complete list of OCBA’s Certified, Journeyman and Master Beekeepers.

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OCBA Volunteers Organize Donated Hives

Volunteers sorted hives.

Volunteers sorted hives.

Despite lower than expected temperatures, an OCBA volunteer cleanup crew sorted through the hives that were donated to OCBA in December. Over 20 members volunteered to help with the cleanup day on Saturday, February 4th. Of the 20 potential volunteers, 6 were selected. It speaks well of our membership that we had more volunteers than we could efficiently use. Thank you to all 20 who volunteered to help.

The 6 volunteers were contacted in the order that they signed up. They worked alongside members of OCBA’s Executive Committee to remove potentially problematic frames – i.e. frames that might attract wax moths while the hives are in storage.

David Eckert was on hand to select equipment for the OCBA Youth Beekeeping Apprentices. Woodenware was also set aside to replace aging boxes at OCBA’s demonstration hives at Carrboro High School.

David Eckert loaded 4 hives for OCBA's 2017 Apprentices.

David Eckert loaded up 4 hives for OCBA’s 2017 Apprentices.

In addition to the hives selected for the 2017 Youth Apprentices, 4 hives were selected and put back into storage for next year’s apprentices.

4 hives were selected and stored for OCBA's Youth Apprentice Program in 2018.

Hives for OCBA’s 2018 Youth Apprentice Program.

The remaining hive components were sorted and reassembled to create standard single-deep hive packages to donate to schools and community beekeeping startup efforts. Each hive package now includes: a bottom board, a single deep, 10 plastic frames, a queen excluder, a top feeder, a telescoping cover and a moving/robbing screen. Hives not needed for school and community needs will be offered for sale to OCBA members. Proceeds will allow OCBA to extend its Education and Outreach activities and to offer other assistance to school and community beekeeping efforts

Approximately 45 hives were opened, inspected, and reassembled into standardized single deep hives.

Approximately 45 hives were opened, inspected, and reassembled into standardized, single-deep hives.

Those who participated in the cleanup were:

Dale Morgan Walter Starks
Dawn Rogers Cathy Starks
Jim Evans Mark Powers
Sherif Ghobrial Chris Apple
Jamie Latimer David Eckert
James Asbill John Rintoul
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Carrboro High School move

Carrboro HS Hives Move

Carrboro HS Hives Move
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On Saturday, May 14th, OCBA moved its Carrboro Demonstration Hives to Carrboro High School (CHS). OCBA members Walter and Cathy Starks, Fred Fesel, Brad Kosiba and John Rintoul provided the volunteer effort to accomplish the move. They were assisted by Stephen Rintoul.

The hives will continue to be maintained by OCBA for demonstration purposes, but will be available to familiarize members of the CHS Eco-Action Club and the CHS Beekeepers Club with the principles of beekeeping and the role of pollinators in our natural environment.

Setting this move in motion John Rintoul contacted Amy Olsen, a Spanish language teacher at CHS. Amy is a ‘wanna-bee’ beekeeper who directed OCBA to the teachers and staff at CHS who were best positioned to advocate for relocating OCBA’s hives to the CHS campus.

Stefan Klakovich, AP Environmental Sciences teacher at CHS, has been working closely with OCBA since late January to secure all of the reviews and approvals necessary to relocate the hives to the CHS campus. CHS Principal, LaVerne Mattocks, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Sustainability Coordinator, Dan Schnitzer, also acted as advocates within the school system on behalf of the move.

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