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Western Reserve Region

Beekeeping in Northeast Ohio


Western Reserve Region

Counties: Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Medina, Summit, Portage, Trumbull


Beekeeping Organizations in the Western Reserve Region:

Association Name Region Contact
Ashtabula County Beekeepers Association Western Reserve www.facebook.com/AshtabulaCountyBeekeepersAssoc
Geauga County Beekeepers Western Reserve www.geaugacountybeekeepers.org
Greater Cleaveland Beekeepers Association Western Reserve www.greaterclevelandbeekeepers.com
Lorain County Beekeepers Association Western Reserve www.loraincountybeekeepers.org
Medina County Beekeepers Association Western Reserve www.medinabeekeepers.com
Portage County Beekeepers Western Reserve www.portagecountybeekeepers.com
Summit County Beekeepers Association Western Reserve www.summitbeekeepers.com
Trumbull County Beekeepers Association Western Reserve www.trumbullcountybeekeepers.org


OSBA Mission Statement

The Ohio State Beekeepers Association serves beekeepers in Ohio and is associated with other organizations who have an interest in beekeeping.

  • Provide our membership with current beekeeping information and represent them when beekeeping issues arise in Columbus and at the Department of Agriculture.
  • Provide our membership with a quarterly newsletter.
  • Provide our members with OSBA discounts to major beekeeping magazines.
  • Provide a yearly Fall educational meeting.
  • Support other beekeeping organizations in the state of Ohio by providing speakers, and publishing information about their activities in our newsletter.
  • Support the 4-H project in Ohio.  Any 4-H member working on a beekeeping project can get on our mailing list for our newsletter.  Some OSBA members also serve as mentors to these young people.
  • Support our Ohio State University bee programs — research and extension.
  • Join OSBA Now!

You can help – Plant a Bee Friendly Garden

  • Sweetly aromatic or have a minty fragrance – herbs such as borage, basil, oregano, thyme, or sage.
  • Open in daytime – Bees return home at sundown.
  • Seasonality of plants – Have something growing thought the gardening season.
  • Water Sources – Bees need something on which to land – stones in a birdbath or rocks in a pie plate filled with water.
  • Reduce your pesticide usage.  Apply in the evenings, when bees aren’t flying.  Chemicals will have time to dry.  Go chemical-free!
  • Create more micro-habitats in your backyard – multi-cropping or garden areas reserved for insect forage … cover cropping allows extra forage and enriches the soil.
  • Consider planting clover in your yard.  Companion crop your tomatoes with buckwheat.
  • Shop at Amazon Smiles to make a donation to OSBA.


Regional honey plants blooming in order from early spring thru fall:

Products of the Hive:

Honeybees Provide:

Pollination – food on our table, colors in our garden.

Honey – It doesn’t just sweeten your tea!  It provides carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and aromatic acids.   Used in medicine to combat bacteria and speed healing.

Propolis – Medicinal uses.

Royal Jelly – Medicinal uses.

Wax – Candles, Polishes, balms, creams.

Venom – Helps auto-immune diseases.

Support your local bee organization and purchase local honey!

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