Orange County Bee Collaborative

The Orange County Bee Collaborative exists to provide OCBA members with an opportunity to continue to develop their understanding of apiculture and to advance their beekeeping skills within a supportive, collaborative group of like-minded beekeepers. 

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Purpose of OCBC

  • Offer on-going guidance and support for successful beekeeping for OCBA beekeepers with at least one year of experience who are not eligible for participation in First Year Clusters
  • Offer on-going guidance and support to OCBA Bee School graduates for successful beekeeping
  • Support certification activities and on-going education on beekeeping with focus on certified beekeeper and Journeyman certification
  • Facilitate collaborative learning
  • Provide forum to discuss current beekeeping issues, challenges and ideas identified in local apiaries
  • Foster a sense of a community among novice beekeepers in Orange County

Eligibility requirements

  • Must be members of OCBA
  • Participation in OCBA First Year Cluster not required
  • Must have kept bees at least 1 year (successfully or otherwise)


  • Each group will have an OCBC Coordinator to manage the group meetings
  • Sign-up modeled on First Year Cluster, using (on-line) Geo mapping to identify Coordinator
  • Coordinator (not a Mentor) determines frequency and focus for meetings with input from group
  • Recommend monthly or bi-monthly meetings, mid-February through November
  • Preference for Collaborative meetings to be held at member apiary for hands-on learning
  • Suggest a maximum of 10 people per group