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Bee habitat to be planted at Sunnyside’s Heavenly Hills Harvest this Saturday

This coming Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Heavenly Hills Harvest will be joined by volunteers from the local Boy Scouts, Sunnyside High School and other members of the community in an effort to plant baby flowering plants for pollinators.

This is the culmination of a project that was started three years ago with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services to help bees and other pollinators that are experiencing increased stress.

“Bees and other pollinators are in trouble and researchers don’t completely know why,” said Merritt Mitchell-Wajeeh of Sunnyside’s Heavenly Hills Harvest Farm.

“If we don’t have bees and other beneficial insects, we won’t have food,” she said.

“This project is a way for our farm to create an environment that bees and other beneficial animals and insects will benefit from. It will also showcase this practice with the hopes that other farmers will think about implementing this practice on their own farms.”

Additional volunteers are welcome to participate in the Oct. 12 event. To volunteer, RSVP to the farm so organizers can plan for refreshments and tools. Heavenly Hills Harvest Permaculture Organic Farm and Nature Center is located near Sunnyside on South Emerald Road.

For more information, call 509-840-5600.

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