OBA 2024 Planning Survey

The Board is meeting in early January to identify the association’s goals and plan for 2024. We need your help to prioritize goals for this year with the limited resources we have. We’d also like to better understand our member’s interest in volunteering to support the association.

You can include your name or choose to complete it anonymously. 

Let’s make 2024 a great year for bees and beekeepers!

2023 Thurston County Fair – Volunteers for Bee Booth

  • Sign up and volunteer!
  • You do not need to be an expert beekeeper. You are welcome to bring your kids to help too.
  • Volunteers get admission covered by the Association.
  • July 26-30
  • Shifts vary from day to day but are typically 3 to 4 hours long. Specific shifts are noted on the sign up form.
  • To see current sign ups please open this spreadsheet. You will be able to see the places we do not have volunteers.

Bulk Jar Order

The OBA is going to make a bulk jar order. This is for jars for packaging the honey we will sell at the Thurston County Fair and other outreach events.

We are giving members the ability to add to this order, thus helping us get lower bulk pricing.

Shipping will be split between orders based on the number of jars you order. This is the one variable we cannot tell you before the order is placed.

If you are interested, and by this I mean you are committed to paying for the jars you request plus the portion of shipping, please fill out this Google Form.

We will close the order window a week after the May Member Meeting.

Last Minute Super NUC Offer

Andy Matelich has a last minute deal on 10 frame deep “NUCs”. Pickup is in the Olympia area;

“Many of you know me from the Olympia club. If anyone still wants bees, I was able to contact a friend of mine in California who has a small commercial operation. With the wet spring they have had this year he is behind in making splits and he has a surplus of hives, and he wants to sell them. What he is selling will be a 10-frame hive with an overwintered queen ready for a second deep. He is offering these bees for $200.00 each and they will be arriving this weekend. Getting a 10-frame hive instead of a nuc will give you an even better chance for larger honey yield. Supplies will be somewhat limited. If anyone is interested, please feel free to contact me at 253-683-0789. “