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SOBA Summer Bee School July 29, 2017

Watch for our next Bee School in April, 2018. Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association Proudly presents our 2017  Summer Bee School July 29, 2017 Presentations and hands-on demonstrations featuring: Jan Lohman:  Oregon Master Beekeeper instructor, mentor, and committee member. Jan Lohman and partner Vince Vazza run over 2000 colonies based in Hermiston. Jan  is […]


Local Honey for Sale

If you are a current member of SOBA and would like to advertise honey, beeswax, or other hive products here, please contact us with your information. Honey The BeeGirl organization keeps bees and sells honey. Every dollar you spend of the purchase of our honey goes directly to honey bee conservation […]


Beekeeping is allowed in the city of Medford!

On April 16, the Medford City Council voted to approve the amendments to the Land Development Code that would provide for beekeeping within the city limits, although the 4 to 3 vote in favor necessitated a second reading of the amendments before approval. There were several SOBA members in attendance at the City […]


Saving America’s Pollinators Act Reintroduced

Contributed by Dewey Caron Representative Earl Blumenauer, OR 3rd district (Portland east through Cascade foothills) and MI Representative John Conyers have reintroducted Saving America’s Pollinators Act. The legislation requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take swift action to prevent mass bee die-offs and protect the health […]


Shastina Millwork’s Revolution Hive Box

We are fortunate to have a national premier hive component manufacturer, Shastina Millwork in the Rogue Valley. Shastina specializes in custom hobbyist and commercial woodenware including boxes, frames, tops, bottoms, essentials, and clothing (basically, everything except bees), Shastina introduced the Revolution Box a few years ago – an improved hive […]


March 26 – Medford Beekeeping Ordinance

Mark Your Calendars! Medford Beekeeping Amendment Hearing Scheduled! Medford is considering an amendment to the Medford Land Development Code to provide provisions for beekeeping in the city limits.  A copy of the proposed changes to the ordinance can be found here. The sections pertaining to beekeeping are highlighted in blue. The Medford Planning […]


Ashland, OR is the newest Bee City USA

We reported earlier this year that Talent was designated a Bee City USA. In December, Ashland’s City Council voted unanimously to become the next Bee City USA. It is expected that the application process will be completed in January Kristina Lefever of the Pollinator Project of Rogue Valley explains the Bee City USA focus in […]

Bee City USA

December Speaker: Five Mistakes Beekepers Make

  UPDATE December 2014:You can read about Karessa’s presentation in December here. The December 8th SOBA meeting will feature a presentation by Karessa Torgerson on Five Mistakes Beekeepers Make. Karessa Torgerson is an EAS Master Beekeeper, owner of Apicurious, co-founder of Nectar Bee Supply, and board member of Tree Hive Bees. She […]