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That's What She Did Podcast

Oct 1, 2021

Detroit Native, Nicole Lindsey is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director for Detroit Hives, a 501c3 nonprofit working to create sustainable communities for people and pollinators by transforming vacant lots into pollinator-friendly spaces. 

In just under four years, Nicole educated thousands of Detroit-area youth on the importance of bee conservation through their, Bee The Change, program. They work with local Girl Scout troops to provide conservation projects for scouts to earn bee badges and founded National Urban Beekeeping Day. With the help of the Detroit City council, Detroit is recognized as a Bee City and started by transforming six blighted vacant lots into green outdoor learning spaces for people and pollinators. 

Nicole is active within her community as she is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., sits on the board with Keep Michigan Beautiful, a member of the Southeastern Michigan Beekeepers Association, the Michigan Beekeepers Association, and the American Beekeeping Federation. She’s on a mission not only to inspire but educate the next generation of leaders in sustainability.  

In This Episode: 

  • How a little bit of creativity and a cold led to a community revitalization project 
  • How to rebuild a city one beehive at a time
  • What beehives have to do with transforming a city
  • The of determination and vision in recreating your reality 
  • Creative and unexpected ways to positivity impact a community

Episode Details:

06:00 - How did Nicole Lindsey start with beekeeping?

17:00 - Why is there 90,000 acres of vacant land in Detroit?

20:00 - Why did Nicole stay in Detroit and why is she determined to do something to change it? Where is Detroit now?

24:00 - Bees and economic mobility

27:00 - What did beekeeping teach Nicole about changing communities?

31:00 - What’s the end game for Nicole and what should you know about bees?

35:00 - How do you get started with beekeeping?

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