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Youth Lend a Hand to Farmers to Help Bees, Insects

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YAKIMA, WA. -- A group of about 20 people met at the Heavenly Hills Farm this afternoon to plant flowering plants to support local bee and insect populations.

Bee populations have been dwindling all over the world. It has researchers stumped. The plants planted today will be rich with pollen in the Spring to hopefully take one small step to help the local honey bees. Besides the environmental lessons, farm owner Merritt Mitchell-Wajeeh says this experience will help teach youth more about the life of a farmer.

"I really hope that they have an appreciation not only for the natural world, we are an organic farm," Wajeeh says, "but also really for the work that farmers do. Often I think farmers are under appreciated."

They were not under appreciated today as kids, teenagers and adults all got their hands dirty for the environment.

Merritt says that when these plants are finally in bloom there will be a beautiful array of flowers to see.