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Photo | Mountainside Education and Enrichment, Inc. Mountainside Education and Enrichment, Inc., a Feed a Bee partner, will be planting five acres of pollinator forage at Bar-T Mountainside in Urbana.

Photo | Mountainside Education and Enrichment, Inc.
Mountainside Education and Enrichment, Inc., a Feed a Bee partner,
will be planting five acres of pollinator forage at Bar-T Mountainside in Urbana.

Bar-T Mountainside Creates Five Acres of Pollinator Buffers

With the help of Mountainside Education and Enrichment, Inc. (MEE) and its local contribution to create diverse food and habitat areas for honey bees and other pollinators, promoting new pollinator forage has now become a nationwide effort. The Feed a Bee initiative has reached a milestone of funding planting projects in all 50 states to support honey bee health. MEE is using its Feed a Bee grant funds to plant five acres of pollinator buffers at Bar-T Mountainside, a summer camp and year-round environmental and outdoor education facility in Urbana.

Awarded a $5,000 Feed a Bee grant for its unique project proposal in fall of 2018, MEE is now set for a spring planting of a deer-resistant, native, perennial wildflower mix. Joe Richardson, Sr. founded MEE in 2008 to broaden the scope of environmental and scientific educational offerings at the Bar-T Mountainside campus, provide community engagement opportunities, and attract funding for sponsoring youth with financial needs in MEE educational activities and Bar-T summer camps.

For more information visit www.meegreen.org.

Journey to Wellness Fair Planned

A free health and wellness fair, organized by Mara Seber of New Chance Wellness, is planned for Saturday, April 13, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Villages of Urbana Community Center. “It has been my vision to have a local event where wellness professionals could share their story and the true meaning of their business,” Seber said. “We all go through a moment in life that takes us to the path of what we choose to do. … I also envisioned a place of respect, admiration and networking where we find harmony and like-minded approaches with one specific goal—assisting and helping others to improve their overall wellness.”

Local health and wellness exhibitors will be onsite to answer questions about fitness, eating right, weight loss, toxic-free living, mind and body awareness and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

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