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These Black Beekeepers Are Combating Detroit Blight By Transforming Vacant Lots Into Bee Farms

Timothy Paule and Nicole Lindsey have launched nonprofit Detroit Hives.

Timothy Paule and Nicole Lindsey are certified beekeepers. The Detroit natives were both inspired by the negative effects of urban blight in Detroit and a cold Paule couldn't rid himself, HuffPost reports.

Paule told HuffPost that he was once advised to eat local honey to aid his cough during a visit to a local market. The pair took beekeeping courses and created the nonprofit Detroit Hives to change their city.

In an interview with Detroit News in July, Paule explained that part of the nonprofit's goal is to educate the community about bees.

"I thought that it would be new and different in the city of Detroit,” he said. “We want to educate people about bees and spread the knowledge of medicinal properties of honey, and to preserve the bee population, all while removing blight.”

Detroit Hives has a three-part mission: eliminating blight in Detroit by transforming vacant lots, preserving the conservation of honeybees and providing bee education to the community through tours and other programming.

Paule and Lindsey purchased their first vacant space for $340 with the help of the Detroit Land Authority, HuffPost reported, and plan to expand this year.

"This is important because we're changing the city, we're cleaning out the blight in Detroit turning into beautiful bee farms with gardens," Lindsey told Detroit News. "We're also helping save the lives of the bees. and we're also educating the community on the difference between honey bees and wasps and how important honeybees are to our lives."

When asked how the neighbors responded to the new bee farm, Lindsey told Detroit News that "the neighbors love it." We love it too.

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