Author: charles_agar@yahoo.com

Give ’em a lil’ sugar, y’all!

Is there someone super sweet on your Christmas list this year? Why not get them a little sugar, baby? Honey bee sugar that is, straight from CharlieBee!

Treat all or your employees or co-workers to some local-local goodness. One-pound jars or honey sticks make great stocking stuffers. Or buy a big five-pound jar for that honey bear of the house.

Volume discounts available!

I’m at the New Braunfels Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm and I’m taking special orders and making lots of deliveries this time of year.

Email to Charlie at TakeTheseBees@Gmail.com or call or text at 830.708.8797 and we can arrange pick-up or delivery!

Beekeeper Monk

Learn Something New – Texas Beekeepers Association

I highly recommend this upcoming (Saturday, Nov. 7) virtual conference of the Texas Beekeeper’s Association – for anyone from experienced beekeepers to “never-evers.”

I produced two video segments (see below) that will be in the archive and I also serve on the organization’s board, so maybe I might be guilty of some bias, but objectively this is an awesome opportunity to get your learn on.

You can hear from one of the world’s rock star beekeepers, Dr. Sam Ramsey, in his two live presentations – the only two sessions that are “live only” and not recorded. The rest of the conference, including a whole library of beekeeping videos and presentations, are yours to browse for months to come – a great thing to do when you’re sitting around praying that your bees are surviving winter.

The entry fee is just $45 – half of what it would be in-person, I reckon, and a dang bargain.

OK, sales pitch over. Go buy your tickets and thank me later! Happy Beekeeping!

CharlieBee in the News

Nice article in the recent Community Impact Newspaper. Click HERE to read on their site.

Local beekeeper Charlie Agar devoted to protecting pollinators

By Lauren CanterberryCommunity Impact News

When Charlie Agar got his first hive of bees in 2013, he said he could not have imagined that seven years later he would be performing hive removals, harvesting honey and teaching others about the insect’s role in agriculture.

Originally from Massachusetts, Agar spent much of his 20s working as a freelance travel writer before moving to New Braunfels in 2009. He and his then-wife spent two years in Texas before moving to Idaho for work—a move that would prove to define much of the rest of his life up to this point.While in Idaho, Agar said he attended a beekeeping lecture out of curiosity, never intending to try it himself.

“I was instantly fascinated, bought all this stuff and got into it, and then opportunities presented themselves,” Agar said, referring mainly to the market for professional beehive removals at residential properties.

Agar had a successful first bee season in Idaho in 2013 but decided to move back to New Braunfels in 2014 after a divorce. There he devoted more time to his company, FrontRow Multimedia, but still kept up with and continued to learn about beekeeping.

After attempting a bee removal for a friend, Agar wanted to better understand the process and joined the San Marcos Area Bee Wranglers, where he met his mentor and future business partner, Alfred “Al” Friedle.

“[Al’s] just a wealth of knowledge and a very intuitive beekeeper,” Agar said. “The cool thing about beekeepers, in general, is they’re usually very open to share what they know, and they like to talk about bees.”

George Thomas, a friend of Agar, soon joined their team, and the men began working together to remove bees and relocate them to ranch apiaries.“The three of us collaboratively remove bees all under the business name Charlie Bee Co.,” Agar said. “I get to help people with their bees, but sometimes, if folks want to take the time, I can kind of guide them a little bit into the truth about what bees are all about.”

According to Agar, the team’s work caught the eye of Ashley Davison, owner of Iniosante Studios in New Braunfels, and the two collaborated to produce a show titled “Charlie Bee Co.”

The show, which airs on the Austin PBS affiliate, has received acclaim at several film festivals and aims to teach viewers about the importance of bees.

“I don’t tire of learning new things, and the bees always teach me something new every time I go out to the yard,” Agar said. “You have to make business decisions as a beekeeper, but at the end of the day it has to be driven by passion for bees.”

What’s the buzz about bees?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pollinators such as honeybees are responsible for one in every three bites of food we take and play a critical role in the economy and environment.

Sources: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, United States Department of Agriculture/ Community Impact Newspaper

Over 700 species of bees are native to Texas.

No, really, I’m not too old for TikTok

If you have say it, you probably are, but as I approach the half century mark, I want to claim my space and tell the world that I’m not too old for TikTok. Heck, I’ve been making low-budget short videos since way before it was cool, and I think you’re only as old as your mentality – which makes me about 8 or 9 years old.

So if you want to join my other four followers on Tik-Tok (mostly just Russian bots and family so far) I promise to share fun and engaging bee-related tomfoolery and will only shake my bohonkis on the camera if asked politely or offered a lucrative licensing agreement.

Swarm Catchin’

Oh how I do love catching swarms?! A swarm is “bees on the move” and if I catch them when they are in a “bivouac,” or hanging in a spot temporarily while they search for a new home, they’re usually happy to move into my bee box with all its good resources for them. “Swarming” is how bees reproduce, and in Texas I catch swarms all year long — a great source for new colonies.

Important note: Once a swarm finds a place to live – usually a cavity like a hollow tree, inside a wall, etc. – they build up honeycomb, the queen starts laying eggs, and they put up stores to become an established hive. Established hives will defend their home pretty aggressively and established hive removal is a much more complex process than catching these bees on the move.

The upshot: Call if you see a swarm! And please don’t spray them. There’s no cost for me to come get ’em as it is just free bees for me!

Interview with Texas Bee Supply

I had a great time talking with Blake Shook, an inspiring commercial beekeeper and owner of Texas Bee Supply. Blake has the knack of a good interviewer to not only ask good questions but actively listen and get people talking … and boy did I talk on?! We talked about bee removal, the nuts and bolts of managing an apiary, and of course the upcoming launch of our TV series. The interview is part of Texas Bee Supply’s new monthly e-zine — a great free resource about all things beekeeping. Check it out at TexasBeeSupply.com!