Lake Superior Honey Company owner Jon Otis says education about the state's shrinking bee population needs to be a priority

Grants for gardens

Lake Superior Honey Company is one of many Minnesota companies looking to receive grant money in order to create a community garden

By Valerie Engler
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Businesses and nonprofits throughout the United States, including many in Minnesota, are in the running to receive thousands of dollars through the Seeds of Change Grant Program.

The program is dishing out $190,000 to 17 different organizations and companies that promise to use the money to aid in a community or school garden project.

Between now and April 21, the general public can vote once a day for their favorite company here.

In Minnesota, projects range from the Minnesota Zoo’s farm to fork garden in Apple Valley to Lake Superior Honey Company’s Faridale Farms project in Duluth.

Lake Superior Honey Company owner Jon Otis says that in addition to loss of wildflowers and increased use of pesticides, lack of education are threatening the bee population in Minnesota.

With a goal to get residents to plant more bee-welcoming flowers, Lake Superior Honey Company hopes that a Seeds of Change grant will allow them to turn lawns into gardens filled with pollinators like flowers, fruits, and vegetables.