Orange County Beekeeping Supplies, is owned and operated by BeeKeepers. The Shop has been selling beekeeping supplies out of the same location for the last 25+ years. We sell everything a hobbyist beekeeper needs, and More. Additionally, the local bee club houses its extracting equipment at the Shop, and it is available for checkout with deposit by current club members.
THE WORKER BEES
Bill lives locally and truly loves beekeeping. As a youngster he was introduced to beekeeping by a neighbor who kept 20 colonies on his rooftop. Years later, he was given a hive as a gift, and increased the count to six immediately. Today his apiary has 100 plus colonies in it, and supplies Nucs, bees, and brood for the Shop. Bill remembers what it's like to be a new beekeeper and has developed a great passion for helping new Beekeepers.
Kid beekeeper at large. Gavin is now 13 years old and has been keeping bees with his dad for several years. Gavin is our resident expert at queen spotting (Young eyes). If you can't find your queen, Gavin can. Gavin now manages 10 -17 hives depending what time of year it is. If you have kids, bring them down when Gavin is working. He keeps a stash of popsicles for youth beekeepers.
Grady is 7 years old and has been it the bees for the past 3 years. He began holding drones and has now moved into Queen spotting and identifying eggs, larva, and capped brood. He is also great at telling us when the honey is ready and to leave some for the bees.
Laurie, our Queen Bee. Without Laurie I could never have chased my passion of beekeeping. She keeps us all focused. Laurie is strong in the hives. She now nudges me out of the way and has her group of hives she manages. She is the driving force with Haapa Honey Farm's organic hive practices and incredibly high honey standards. We love our Queen.