Beekeeper lifting frame out of the box


Polk County, Florida

We are a Beekeepers Club for current, wannabee, and used-to-bee beekeepers, in the central Florida area.  Our members come from Polk County and surrounding counties such as Lake, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.

Join us for our May Meeting  
Monday June 17, at UF/IFAS Extension Offices
Located at:
1702 US-17 S Bartow FL
Remember to bring a covered dish and we’ll see you there!


We had our seminar in
May of 2023, our next
one will be in 2025.
The Tampa Bay Beekeepers
has their Seminar on
June 22, 2024

Our members have a wealth of knowledge about beekeeping. Members include hobbyists, sideline and commercial beekeepers, honey producers, and queen producers. We have members from Polk County, and the surrounding counties such as Lake, Highlands, and Hardee.

Our Meetings

Our meetings are on the 3rd Monday of the month, starting at 7 p.m., and a field/workday normally the following Saturday.

Come enjoy a potluck dinner where you can meet new people, learn tips of the trade, and experience the wonderful, mysterious, world of bees and beekeeping.

Check the website each month to make sure where the meeting is!

We are your Beekeeping club in Polk County, Florida, there is no cost to first time visitors of any of our meetings,

However, if you want to join, the annual RBA membership is $20.00 per family, and you can sign up at any meeting.

Commercial beehives on pollination

Our “Day in the bee yard” will normally be the Saturday following the meeting normally starting around 9:30 a.m.  Details will be announced at the meeting.

Come join us to get some hands-on experience.

Soon you too will fall in love with these insects

“The day  (morning) in the beeyard was a great introduction into keeping honeybees! I was able to learn from and work right alongside an experienced beekeeper.  All my questions were answered.  I am buying equipment now and thanks to the RBA-provided info, I know what to look for.
Thank you! ”  rv 

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