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


  • 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

  • Ahmed M.
    09/30/2019 02:55


  • 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

  • Wesley C.
    09/29/2019 21:29

    I question how is it possible such low positive reactions to this vid only 3k ? This needs more so people who can take inspiration out of this may also become entrepreneurs.

  • Intiaz B.
    09/29/2019 13:51

    Thugs lifes distroy community put a stop to it first

  • Juancho T.
    09/29/2019 03:30

    Good Samaritan keep up the good job 👍

  • Dale L.
    09/29/2019 00:20

    Life have so much to offer.

  • Stefan S.
    09/28/2019 22:33

    Good vision,keep up the proactive works.

  • 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

  • Ellie M.
    09/27/2019 19:30

    This is so great to see. All it takes is people caring .

  • Bea P.
    09/27/2019 11:31


  • Ray R.
    09/27/2019 07:54

    This is fantastic

  • Brenda L.
    09/26/2019 21:34

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

  • أسماء ج.
    09/26/2019 19:59

    الله يكرمك

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