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Columbus Looking To Become Indiana's First 'Bee City'

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Columbus is on its way to becoming the buzz of Indiana.

Volunteers planted a pollinator garden of native plants and flowers today during United Way of Bartholomew County’s annual Day of Caring. The installation is the kick-off effort to earn “Bee City USA” designation.

Heather Shireman, district coordinator for the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District, said pollinators play a major role in our daily lives.

“Pollinators- not just bees- but butterflies, hummingbirds, everything," Shireman said. "They are responsible for one out of every three bites of our food that’s on our plate.”  

Shireman said the new garden is a multi-organization effort to help native pollinators and enhance unused space. 

Columbus hopes to join more than 200 other cities alreadydesignated as bee cities, but it would become the first in Indiana.

In order to get the designation from the Xerces Society, the Columbus Pollinator Committee and Columbus Design Institute will host free public programs throughout the year.

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