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Give Bees a Chance!
With Special Guest: Shelley Rice, the Bee Lady
The following is the sum total of my bee knowledge: they make honey, they wear black & yellow sweaters, they tend to sting if provoked, and the French seem to put them on EVERYTHING. When Tiffanie mentioned asking Shelley Rice to be on the show, I really wasn’t sure how we would fit beekeeping into the metaphysical mold. I’ve learned to just go with the flow… some of my favorite shows have begun (for me) as the puzzlers.
I LOVE this show. I am totally in love with our new friend, Shelley Rice, Houston’s very own Bee Lady! As we were leaving the studio she had us giggling as she shared a few of her funny bee stories. Imagine cruising down the freeway, you glance over noticing a large SUV with a sign shoe polished on the back window that reads, “please do not tailgate.” Curious, you pull along side the driver to discover a tiny woman driving, seemingly unaware of the many many bees buzzing about her head. The mental picture of this still cracks me up! I wonder if she’s ever accidentally rolled down her window?
The bees found Shelley in 2003 (tune in to hear that story). She is largely self taught and is currently getting her Master Bee Keeper certification through Texas A&M. The program is a five-year (minimum) beekeeper training and certification program provided by the Texas Apiary Inspection Service in association with the Texas Beekeepers Association, Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab and AgriLife Extension. This is not a simple endeavor, but really, when you realize how complex bee removal can be, you realize things can quickly become quite dangerous. Not only do beekeepers remove the bees, they remove the different parts of the hive and must relocate them. Apparently, if the honey isn’t properly removed and the walls sealed, critters of all sorts are bound to show up!
This would be an interesting and informative show if this is where the story ended. But, as it always goes, ’tis not the case. Shelley uses this outlet as a way to give back, connect, and help heal those in need… She shares beautiful stories of adventure and friendship. We particularly loved the medicinal properties the honey and parts of the hive hold. Here’s one: equal parts Aquiphor and honey make an incredible healing balm for scrapes.
Bees are fascinating! On a micro scale, they’re little communities with such internal sense and purpose; we could spend hours just discussing how they utilize frequencies, pheromones, their own internal GPS systems for navigation. A bee's wings buzz in the key of C, which is the right note to make the pollen part of the flower to vibrate at just the right frequency needed to release the pollen, and for the grains to spout out of the hole at the top, like a yellow fountain!! To witness their “Waggle Dance” is cool: here see for yourself
On the macro level, we NEED these little critters to pretty much keep our ecosystem going. Did you know a third of our grown food supply REQUIRES our friends the bees for pollination! But with development, pesticides, and major bee colonies are collapsing. We are so happy to help spread Shelley's message of education, awareness and protection to keep our bee friends thriving.
Shelley brought us some of her Sweet Ass Honey, and it's delicious! Thank you, Shelley!! Also giving a huge shout out to Wabash Feed
here in Houston. If you're local, you've got to check them out! And to the Last Organic Outpost
- a Houston project-based agricultural community serving the interests of innovators in food production methods and best practices on sustainable design and philosophy.
Shelley is working on her All Things Bees website, but if you want to learn more about keeping your own hives or relocating a hive, you can contact her on her Facebook page
And stay tuned for Part 2...we're suiting up in bee suits to have our own in-BEE-lievable experience!