You’ve heard of Ann Arbor being called Tree City. Now it’s Ypsi’s turn to pick up a cute nickname: Bee City. Both an honor and a responsibility, Ypsilanti has joined the ranks of Asheville, North Carolina and Seattle, Washington, becoming a certified “Bee City.” The Bee City USA program endorses a set of standards, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable pollinator habitats. Did you know one in every three bites of food we eat is courtesy of pollination? Ypsilanti Township has allotted $4,500 to install an apiary outside township hall with hives, a water source, sunflowers and native perennials. Plans include offering classes at the apiary and getting community members engaged in learning and caring for the hives, as well as offering educational activities for kids.
More information at beecityusa.org.