Turning Urban Blight Into Bee Farms

Urban bee farming is bringing new life to Detroit. 🐝

Something to Bee-lieve in

Detroit is ranked amongst America’s unhealthiest cities based on a list by WalletHub. But this non-profit wants to combat unhealthy eating and Detroit’s urban decay using an unlikely ally: bees. In 2017, Detroit Hives was founded by Timothy Paule and Nicole Lindsay, after he recovered from a bad cold with the aid of natural raw honey. Detroit Hives operated just 1 apiary when they began — Now, they are active in 9 locations. In addition to producing honey, they host school tours and community events to show how important sustainable food sources could be for the community. At least 23.5 million Americans live in food deserts — areas where access to healthy, affordable food options are limited according to

Which is why Tim and Nicole, who are dating according to the Detroit Free Press, have purchased empty lots around the city — some, they say, for as little as $100 — and populated them with boxed bee hives, all for the long-range purpose of making honey and educating the community. Detroit Hives, the nonprofit Tim and Nicole started, is just one of numerous, creative enterprises that have seen gold in our weeds and harvest in our dirt. Recently, there were stories about Detroit’s first vineyard in 60 years, which is reportedly cultivating two acres in the city. Urban gardens are now growing fruits and vegetables at an ever-increasing rate.

Tim and Nicole learned you can buy bees from local beekeepers, either in boxes with the queen separate from the colony, or a nucleus colony where the queen is already getting busy, laying up to 2,000 eggs a day while thousands of worker bees are ready to gather pollen and nectar. By exposing the next generation to Detroit Hives, Paule says he hopes they will be more inspired to take control of their nutrition.


09/19/2019 10:19 AM


  • Agnes J.
    05/02/2021 13:09

    This is old. Many of Black Farmers org & people went into Detroit and bought lots & Bldgs. Some bldgs that needed work went for a little $$$. New legislation started happening there though to prevent them from linking spots. It's all about the Land.

  • Williz M.
    09/30/2019 06:07

    I sell pure forest honey from Africa Kenya... Get all the goodness of different indigenous treesin this honey

  • Indra G.
    09/30/2019 01:37

    Will like to see this in my country and I know the youths would do a good job at it This is very inspiring

  • Intiaz B.
    09/29/2019 13:51

    Thugs lifes distroy community put a stop to it first

  • Francis N.
    09/28/2019 18:57


  • William M.
    09/28/2019 17:04

    No bees no food

  • Jessie Y.
    09/28/2019 14:16

    Combine this with gardens and chickens for eggs , keep up the good work.

  • Ānge P.
    09/28/2019 08:20

    Un super travail pour les abeilles .

  • John W.
    09/28/2019 02:30


  • Robin B.
    09/28/2019 01:06

    That's very awesome! Doing a good thing for people and bees. ♡

  • Jessie Y.
    09/27/2019 21:29

    Good job

  • Bea P.
    09/27/2019 11:31


  • Brenda L.
    09/26/2019 21:34

    What about gardens they would provide fresh vegetables and plants for the bees

  • Leonard G.
    09/26/2019 11:56

    Rebuild re educate we can thrive king and Queens 🇬🇭🇪🇹🇸🇩✊🏽

  • Amanda R.
    09/25/2019 16:33

    Community gardens are great too

  • Vickie S.
    09/25/2019 01:29

    Awesome! good luck to you all!

  • Val I.
    09/25/2019 01:16

    Really interesting !!

  • Celena N.
    09/24/2019 15:35

    Amazing This is really inspiring Great Job💕💕

  • González A.
    09/24/2019 08:00

    Respect🙌... Hope everything keeps going great for you.. God bless

  • Belocura D.
    09/24/2019 00:02

    that is an awesome idea... A very wonderful one. It really is..