There’s a basket full of seed packets on the counter at Lakeview Organic Grain in Penn Yan. On this basket is a cute little cartoon bee; below the bee is a not-so-cute but truthful message: “If we die, we’re taking you with us.”
Lakeview Organic Grain, owned and operated by Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens, is giving away these packets of wildflower seeds to anyone who walks through the door. Because anyone – and everyone – can help grow the flowers that provide both food and habitat for the bees that help keep food on our plates.
Jeff O’Brien, seed manager at Lakeview Organic Grain, came up with the idea. He had heard a lot of conversation around the mill about how people haven’t been seeing many bees this year. O’Brien hasn’t seen many bees on his own property either.