NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — The Charlie Bee Company has gotten by for the past six years with only one employee: Charlie Agar.

However, the beekeeper is never alone. In fact, he spends nearly 365 days a year with thousands of his closest friends.

"You don't have to be crazy to be a beekeeper, but it certainly helps,” Agar said.

Agar in his Charlie Bee car. (Spectrum News 1/ Dylan Scott)
Agar in his Charlie Bee car. (Spectrum News 1/ Dylan Scott)

It is a busy schedule with a variety of tasks, from beehive removal, to beekeeping lessons and compiling the fruits of their labor. 

"Right in here, that's all just good honey,” Agar said. "Sweet."

The 50-year-old's passion and conservation efforts have also landed him a PBS series, "Charlie Bee Company," and plenty of respect from the local entomology community.

Agar in his bee suit. (Spectrum News 1/ Dylan Scott)

"They're vital to our agriculture, all of our pollinators. And we need habitats for our pollinators," Agar said.

In fact nearly one-third of all fresh fruits and vegetables we eat daily are pollinated by a bee or another type of insect. Without these key species, our ecosystem would be tremendously impacted. 

It’s a mission Agar started more than a decade ago, but he doesn't see himself as some kind of folk hero. He’s simply a New Braunfels resident with a pretty cool job, one which just happens to pay the bills to boot.

"I wouldn't trade this for anything. I love it, adore it,” Agar said. "The day this loses any interest is the day I quit, but I don't see that happening anytime soon."