Next summer, if you dine at Founding Farmers restaurant near the White House and order anything made with honey (such as the honey butter served with the skillet corn bread), ask your server if it was harvested from hives atop a George Washington University academic building just a few blocks away
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.
An undergraduate biology student will oversee the apiary and receive a $5,000 scholarship from Founding Farmers.
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.