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'Detroit Hives' Is Turning Abandoned City Lots Into Bee Farms

By Aimee Lutkin

Detroit-born couple Timothy Paule and Nicole Lindsey founded a nonprofit organization in 2017 called Detroit Hives. Though Detroit has recently begun to see expansion in certain areas, there are still many sections of the city that are economically depressed with a number of vacant lots. Detroit Hives made it their mission to turn abandoned land into functioning beehives, which they see as a way to grow and protect neighborhoods in the community. 

Paule told the Huffington Post, "These properties are left abandoned and serve as a dumping ground in most cases. The area can be a breeding ground for environmental hazards, which creates a stigma around the city.” 

Before Detroit Hives, neither Paule nor Lindsey had a particular passion for bees. Paule works as a photographer, and Lindsey works as a health care provider. Paule had been nursing a cough for awhile, when someone he knew at a local farmer's market suggested he try eating honey. Honey produced in the area where you live supposedly helps with allergies, and Paule felt it really worked.