Heroes to Hives is a 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 with 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.
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Marine Corps veteran Nick Kaminski demonstrates how to conduct checks for varroa mites, a global honey pest, on a live bee hive at the Michigan Honey Festival. Experiences in educational outreach give veterans new ways to serve and engage their communities.