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If you know of any Florida beekeeping clubs or Florida beekeeping organizations not listed on these pages, or if the Florida bee group details listed have changed, please go to the Beekeeping Club Form page and send the updated information for inclusion here.

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New beekeepers are often advised to join a local beekeeping groups. I think this is the single most useful thing they can do. It provides an invaluable source of information, instruction, advice and assistance. It is often said that if you ask three beekeepers a question, you'll get at least four opinions, a beekeeping club is a great place to find, and compare those opinions. Most beekeepers are very enthusiastic about what they do and are more than happy to help people just starting out by passing on their years of hard-won experience. Even after more than 20 years of beekeeping I almost always learn something new and useful at a bee meeting.

Usually beekeeping clubs have equipment such as an extractor which can be borrowed or rented when necessary. Even if the club itself doesn't own any equipment, there is often a member who is prepared to lend you something. Often there will be talks and demonstrations which will help clarify some of the confusing things one reads about.

I remember reading, when I first started, about how to catch a swarm using a cardboard box. I was very puzzled, the instructions said to shake the bees off a branch into a box, then turn it over and place the box on the ground. I assumed, wrongly, that the bees would all fall out, but they really don't. I have explained how to do this and then demonstrated this to people, you can see the look of understanding on their faces when they see that the bees cling onto the underside of the box, and crawl upwards on any vertical surface.

You will encounter 'crusty' know-it all beekeepers, I'm planning to be one myself, don't be put off there are all sorts of people in a bee club and you're bound to find someone who you can get along with.

If there are no Florida beekeeping associations in your area I strongly advise you to consider starting one. It's surprising how many people are interested once the word gets around.

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Norm Frederick
Email: beekeepersvcf@yahoo.com
BeeKeepers of Volusia County Fl.
Deland FL 32724
Contact Phone: 386-334-2154
Website: BeekeepersofVolusiaCountyFl.com
Meets Every 4th Wednesday at 3100 W.Hwy 44,(eastern most entrance to Volusia County Fair Grounds on Hwy 44, across from Farm Bureau Insurance Office) 6:15 PM til 8PM casual dress, Free Guest entry, Members pay $15.00/yr for entire family. Any one interested in Honey Bees is welcomed.

Gainesville Area Beekeepers
Cindy Belknap
Tel: 352-256-7962
E-mail: cindybeeshoney@gmail.com
UF's Entomology Lab in room 1031
Gainesville Florida 32611
Meeting Details: Gainesville Area Beekeepers, Meet in UF's Entomology Lab in room 1031, Gainesville, FL 32611 on the first Thursday of each month. Dedicated to educate beekeepers.

Levy County Beekeepers Club
Byron Teerlink
Phone: 352-339-3238
E-mail Address: levycountybeeclub@levycountybeekeepersclub.com
Web Site: levycountybeekeepersclub.com
4 West Park Ave
Chiefland Florida 32626
Meeting Details: 1st Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm

Michelle Peterson
Phone: 772-828-1385
E-mail Address: tcbeekeepers@gmail.com
Fort Pierce FL 34945
Meeting Details: New Club, will meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month, beginning 8/17/2011. Meeting location is
St. Lucie County Extension Office
8400 Picos Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34945

Ecarosa Beekeepers Association
Contact: Sylvia Bullard
Tel: 850-478-7690
E-mail: mrflabee@cox.net
Web Site: http://escarosa.beeinfo.org
Ensley Masonic Lodge
8634 North Palafox Street
Pensacola, FL 332534
2nd Wednesday each Month 7:00pm

Jacob Weeks Beekeeping
Contact: Steve Weeks
Tel: 863-261-5196
E-mail: weeks0508@aol.com
Web Site: www.jacobweeksbeekeeping.webs.com
1105 SW 10th Street
Okeechobee Florida 34974

Coastal Beekeepers Association
Contact: Debbie Bohannon
Tel: 904-886-9389
E-mail: debbie@deb-bee.com
Web Site: www.coastalbeekeepers.com
8400 Cowpen Branch Rd
Hastings Florida 32145
Meeting Details: We meet the third Sunday of each month at 10 am.
Meeting place: Florida Agricultural Museum
Caldwell Dairy Barn
7900 Old Kings Rd
Palm Coast, FL

Beekeepers of Putnam County
ContacT: Debbie Bohannon
Tel: 904-886-9389
E-mail: secretary@beekeepersofputnamcounty.org
Web Site: www.beekeepersofputnamcounty.org
8400 Cowpen Branch Rd
Hastings Florida 32145
Meeting Details: Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30.
Meeting held at: 111 Yelvington Ave
East Palatka, FL 32131

Alachua County Beekeepers Club
Contact: Chappie McChesney
Tel: 386-462-2637
E-mail: chappiesbees@windstream.net
Web Site: http://www.alachuabees.org
Alachua Florida 32616
Meeting Details: Club meets at Hitchcock's Foodway in Alachua the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm. Enter the managers' offices on the west side of the building.

TRI COUNTY BKPRS ASSOC
Michael E Shreves
121 Pin Oak Court E
Crestview, FL 32539-8316
Phone 850-682-8390
Email shreves_honeyfarms@hotmail.com

N CENTRAL FL BKPRS
Jerry Coughlin
3845 NW 14th Place
Gainesville, FL 32605
Phone 352-377-3733

NORTHEAST FL BKPERS ASSOC
Wilcox Cal
700 Walnut Street
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
Phone 904-284-3347
Email sweetbeecompany@bellsouth.net
www.neflhba.com

POLK CO BKPRS ASSN
Charlie Moore
149 Winston Ave
Lake Wales, FL 33853
Phone 813-676-1953

RIDGE BKPRS ASSOC
Christine Miller-Waters
1010 W. Dees Rd.
Lakeland, FL 33809
Phone 863-255-1892
Email cmwaters@verizon.net

SUBTROPICAL BKPRS ASSOC
Pablo Espinosa
9525 SW 93rd Court
Miami, FL 33176
Phone 305-274-4759

ORANGE BLOSSOM BKPRS ASSOC
David Webb
21777 State Rd 520
Orlando, FL 32833
Phone 321-403-4201
Email webbshoney@msn.com

PALM BEACH CO BKPRS
Ute Hartman
6567 Patricia Dr W
Palm Beach, FL 33413
Phone 561-686-6557
Email bee756keeper@bellsouth.net

TUPELO BKPRS ASSN
Bert M Gwaltney
925 E 25th St
Panama City, FL 32405
Phone 850-763-4278
Email verngwaltney@bellsouth.net
www.tupelohoney.org

ESCAROSA BKPRS ASSOC
Doc Bullard
9801 Lyman St
Pensacola, FL 32534
Phone 850-478-7690
Email mrflabee@cox.net
www.escarosabeekeepers.org

NORTH ESCAMBIA BEE ASSOC
Pauline Miller
8735 Doris Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32534
Phone 850-467-3220
Email beelady5@hotmail.com

APALACHEE BKPRS ASSOC
Brinnen Carter
1620 Golf Terrace
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone 850-244-4343
Email bcjc@nettally.com

FL STATE BKPRS
Reno Plenge
9113 Indian Bluff Rd
Youngstown, FL 32466
Phone 850-722-8496
Email renoplenge@gmail.com
www floridabeekeepers.org

TAMPA BAY BKPRS ASSN
Jim Alderman
6129 20th St.
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Phone 813-310-5806
Email bionicbeeman@aol.com


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