The Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association (SOBA) is a member based organization of backyard, sideliner, and commercial beekeepers and other individuals interested in the promotion and preservation of honey bees and beekeeping in southern Oregon. Our mission is to provide our membership with a forum for sharing knowledge and mutual interest in beekeeping, and to educate and promote the benefits of beekeeping to our community.
SOBA is a regional branch of the Oregon State Beekeepers Association supporting beekeepers in southern Oregon, including Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass, Central Point, Jacksonville, and the Applegate valley. We work closely with the OSU Honey Bee Lab, and the Oregon Master Beekeepers Program.
SOBA meets at 6:30 PM on the first Monday of each month at
Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center
569 Hanley Rd.
Central Point. OR 97502 (map)
In October, SOBA meets at 6:30 PM at the Bear Hotel 2101 NE Spaulding Ave, Grants Pass, OR 97526 (map).
- President: John Jacob
- Vice President: Risa Halpin
- Secretary: Shari Shattuck
- Treasurer: Cheryl Housden
- OSBA Regional Representative: Mysti Jacob
- Webmaster/Social Media: Ellen Wright
- OSU Liason: Rick Hilton
If you are in Douglas County, contact Douglas Country Bees. They meet the first Wednesday of each month at 7PM at the Douglas County Courthouse, 3rd floor.