Rich Wieske began keeping bees nine years ago as a way, or so he thought, to have inexpensive, naturally produced honey for his meadmaking. Two hives in a friend's garden grew into 80 hives in the city of Detroit and a couple of dozen in adjacent suburban neighborhoods.
Rich teaches beginning beekeeping in three cities.
One of his greatest joys is to watch former students become bee addicted and take their beekeeping
in new directions.
Rich is a strong proponent of furthering beekeeping as part of Detroit's sustainable farm movement and fostering relationships between urban, suburban and rural beekeepers. He is a member of a dozen local and national beekeeping organizations and actively lectures in community settings and on the conference circuit.
His current pet projects: developing a living bee museum in Detroit, and a queen rearing program in southeast Michigan.