Founding Farmers restaurant installs bee hives at GWU


The restaurant — which is known for using locally grown or produced ingredients — has installed six beehives on the roof of Lisner Hall, where the university already had four of its own hives.


(Founding Farmers and George Washington University believe they have established the largest apiary in the Washington metropolitan region. (Jessica McConnell Burt for GW University Photography))

((Jessica McConnell Burt for GW University Photography))

Each hive is expected to produce only about 10 pounds of honey in the first year. But by the second year, each hive could produce 20 to 120 pounds of honey annually.

The restaurant plans to use the honey in some of its dishes starting next summer and also to bottle it. The university’s biology department plans to analyze the pollen that bees bring to the hive and study the parasites of honeybees. The hives could also be used in an introductory biology course.

Correction: Founding Farmers will not use the honey from the new hives in its dishes until at least summer 2012. This was incorrect in an earlier version of this post.

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