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Bees in the D

URBAN BEEKEEPING IN DETROIT

 

THE MISSION OF BEES IN THE D IS TO CREATE A COOPERATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN RESIDENTS, SCHOOLS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND BUSINESSES IN THE CITY OF DETROIT AND SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN TO CONTRIBUTE TO BOTH THE HEALTH OF HONEY BEE COLONIES AND THE EDUCATION OF THEIR IMPORTANCE TO OUR ENVIRONMENT.

 

Throughout history bees have been a symbol of prosperity, success, rebirth and resurrection that we feel that mirrors the spirit of Detroit beautifully. The city of Detroit is in a new time of resurrection, resurgence, and entrepreneurship that’s happening across the city. Detroit is becoming known as an art mecca, a technology mecca, and a greening and urban gardening mecca. 

Honey bees not only benefit Detroit’s communities, but agriculture as a whole. Honey bees and an urban environment can have a symbiotic relationship; we can function together. There are many open green spaces and gardens throughout the city and the honey bees will travel up to a few miles from its hive to visit them.

We see amazing potential with so many empty spaces like rooftops, balconies, and vacant lots. The beauty of it is these are areas that are, for the most part, being unused. It's exciting to see the abundance of urban gardens and green spaces that it made me realize the vital role honey bees serve as residents of Detroit as well.

Bees in the D has gone from caring for 6 hives in 2016 to 29 hives in 2017. We take our passion for teaching to organize and host community events like honey harvests, educational classes on the basics of how to become a beekeeper, interactive children’s learning events, and speaking engagements on honey bees, pollinators, and gardening. 

Businesses are also seeing the importance of being "green" and sustainable by building green roofs, urban gardens, and yes, fostering urban beekeeping. We have installations of honey bee hives on Cobo Center's green roof and partnerships with GM, Ford, FCA, Bedrock, Detroit AbloomThe Garden Detroit, and the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. The local honey from our beehives has been featured in both food and beverages at bars and restaurants around the city.  Jars of Bees in the D honey have been donated to other charities and small businesses for fundraisers and giveaways to benefit Detroit communities. 

 

See what all the buzz is about at www.beesinthed.com

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