Bee-utiful gold

What started with a cold is transforming Detroit

Thanks to Detroit Hives, the beautification of abandoned, vacant Detroit lots in 2017 led to new ways for learning about the world and caring for the community.

“The suburbs and affluent areas shouldn’t be the only areas that have beautiful multiuse green space, urban farms, access to fresh produce and an understanding and embracing of nature. Everyone should be able to have those kinds of experiences,” Keith Crispen, director of Detroit Hives, told

Renewing interest in public green space, amidst concrete and steel buildings, incorporates agricultural and scientific knowledge into opportunities for educational growth. In combination with entrepreneurial skills, this education yields ever-evolving opportunities, including financial and food-resource independence.

Those attending Men of Courage Pop-ups and avid readers may already be familiar with Detroit Hives, thanks to their regular appearances. Others also are catching on. Changing the landscape through beekeeping clears the way for people to see potential for their community, themselves and their neighbors.


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