Calera family responds to nationwide honey bee shortage

(WIAT-TV CBS 42 News)
(WIAT-TV CBS 42 News)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1368576550&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&pl_id=21958&show_title=1&va_id=4057328&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1368576550 type=script]CALERA, Ala. (WIAT) — Whoever coined the phrase, “busy as a bee,” could have been watching the bees at the Frederick home.

There’s never a moment of rest for bees, and that’s a good thing.

“We need honey bees,” Kelley Frederick says, “Or we wouldn’t be standing here having a conversation.”

Kelley grew up around a bee farm and always watched them from a distance. Now, she’s up close and personal with her own.

“The year that I had honeybees, I had a 20 percent increase in production of food,” Kelley says. “And I just kept picking, and it was longer, there was more of it, and I thought, ‘you know, there may really be something to this honey bee thing.'”

However, that magical effect bees have upon crops all over the world is being diminished because of pesticides and habitat loss. Nearly one in three commercial honey bee colonies in the United States died or disappeared last winter according to scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Plants that produce fruit, nuts and berries cannot survive without pollination.

Kelley and her teenage son Cayman are doing their part to help the honey bee. More than 100,000 bees call one of their hives home. The Frederick home is basically a honey bee paradise. The lavender plant is a honey bee favorite, along with clover that grows naturally.

So, if you don’t want to go all out and become a beekeeper yourself, you can always plant flowers like these to help keep the bees — and all of us — happy and healthy.

Shelby County Beekeepers Association

Tips for creating a bee garden

(WIAT-CBS42 Sebastian Posey)
(WIAT-CBS42 Sebastian Posey)
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