Bees, where would we be without bees? A lot of our food chain is dependent on bees for pollination. I grew up on a bee farm. From the mid 1950s until the early 80s my family made a living tending bees. Lots of bees. In a good year we would ship 100,000 pounds of honey. Our best year we shipped over 250,000 pounds. That is a lot of sweet and sticky. A little known fact, bees stink.