The bee population is dwindling very quickly in Minnesota and so a year long program has been proposed to help save the bees.  The State Of Minnesota will actually pay homeowners to turn their lawns into bee friendly habitats. The state will set aside $900,000 for one year to assist homeowners with the cost of converting their standard lawn by planting wildflowers, clover and native grasses.

This plan could replenish the food source for many types of bees, but the one most endangered is the rusty patched bumblebee, which is the plump fuzzy bee which is on the brink of extinction in cities in the upper midwest. The program would cover up to 75% of the cost to convert your yard and up to 90% for areas that would help support the rusty patched species.

It is not clear yet how people can apply to the program, but State Rep. Kelly Morrison, , who introduced the bill in the House said she was hoping it will be available by Spring. Morrison said “I have gotten a ton of e-mails and so much feedback from people who are interested in this, people are really thinking about how they can help.”

I would love to be part of this program for one to help save the bees and also I hate cutting the grass. But I am sure my neighbors would be upset since everyone has such pristine lawns in my neighborhood. If you would like to learn more about this program click here.