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Heroes to Hives is a new program at Michigan State University designed help veterans by teaching them beekeeping skills. We use beekeeping to address the financial and personal wellness of veterans through professional training and community development. Veterans work in teams to manage hives, so they leave our program personal with professional relationships that open opportunities and ensure long-term support along with the skills to successfully manage a small beekeeping operation.
Heroes to Hives graduates will have opportunities for small business ownership, employment in commercial beekeeping operations, and ways to diversify their farm incomes. The partnership between veterans and honey bees represents a new mission for our nation’s heroes as they learn to manage our smallest and most important livestock.
Our Heroes to Hives instructional apiary is housed at the beautiful and peaceful Kellogg Biological Station Bird Sanctuary, providing our veterans and instructors a quiet natural setting.