BeeMore was founded in 2017 by Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, as a means to serve the community and promote food justice in the challenged areas of Baltimore. The core priorities of BeeMore are to cultivate, educate and organize new beekeepers and bee-loving households.
As part of our mission to serve the community, we offer free pollination services for community groups and gardens. BeeMore offers affordable community training and free educational services. We also provide equipment assistance to new beekeepers to lower the barrier of entry in urban Baltimore.
We also provide concierge beekeeping services (complete beehive setup and maintenance) in the Baltimore region as well as products from the hive. Bee Balm Beauty is made locally and supports the operations of BeeMore.
The offices for BeeMore are in Baltimore City, and we are seeking community partners in a myriad of areas. If you are a beekeeper, farmer, community organizer or anyone who cares about the community contact us.
Founding Principles of BeeMore:
- BeeMore focuses on urban beekeeping and sustainable agriculture practices that create vitality and healthy lifestyle choices.
- BeeMore is a mentoring space for women and beekeepers of color.
- BeeMore teaches methods that preserve, protect and support bee species and other pollinators.
- BeeMore believes that bees are a gateway to mindfulness and that beekeeping assists people in slowing down and connecting with their environments.
- BeeMore believes in ethical beekeeping, and we promote the links between humans and their food sources as the key to building better communities. We protect and love bees!
BeeMore is one of the ten emerging enterprises for the Johns Hopkins Social Innovations Cohort for 2017-2018.
This site is also a resource for gardening, natural beauty solutions, recipes and other things related to urban agriculture.
For more information on BeeMore contact Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth
Michelle moved to Baltimore City in March 2014 with her husband Warren Hedgepeth and their daughter Sophia Hedgepeth. Her hobbies include gardening/urban homesteading, beekeeping, tennis, and other outdoor activities.
Michelle volunteers at Park Heights Community Health Alliance – Afya Teaching Garden as a mentor and experienced gardener. She began beekeeping in 2016 and has taken the BUMBA Short course in Spring 2017 on Beekeeping. She recently joined the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America, Inc. (EAS), Maryland State Beekeepers Association, and the Central Maryland Bee Keepers Association.
Bailey-Hedgepeth holds both a Masters in Public Administration from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. In her professional life, Michelle has worked as a public administrator for over 15 years focusing on local government issues and strategic planning.
Michelle is a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee – the Leadership Class for 2015.