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Beekeeping And Troubled Youth

Salem4youth, a faith based boarding school for troubled young men, located near Flanigan, Illinois has teamed up with the Bayer Bee Care program to start an Apiary, or bee hive operation to provide an educational opportunity for the young men living at Salem4youth.

Steve McNair is Salem director of development. While the bee keeping operation is fairly recent, Salem has been in Flanigan for well over a century.

McNair started the Apiary three years ago after attending a seminar at Heartland community college in Normal. The project won a Community leadership Award from Bayer. But beyond the award, Bayer decided to get involved in helping Salem grow the project, says Becky Langer, program manager of Bayer’s Bee Care program.

Langer says Bayer is helping Salem plant up to fifty acres of wildflowers for the Apiary operation. In addition to providing pollinators for the area, Salem sold 500 pounds of honey this year and plans to grow that in the future as an educational project for the troubled youth at Salem4youth. This Thursday, 11/17, a field day will be held for the public to see some of the innovative work being done at Salem. 

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