Through a unique initiative, developed in partnership with The George Washington University, Founding Farmers established the largest restaurant-owned apiary in the country. We fund important honey bee research conducted by GWU graduate students to better understand bee behavior patterns and colony collapse disorder, as well as a scholarship for the lead student researcher. And in a beautiful symbiotic relationship, our urban rooftop apiary provides almost one hundred pounds of honey per year that we harvest to use in our restaurants. While this is not enough to be our sole supply, it is an important step in the right direction.
Founding Farmers also partners with Cornell University’s Maple Program, which provides the largest acreage in the world devoted to sugar maple research. Nestled in the Adirondacks are 200+ acres of forest where approximately 6,000 trees are tapped for maple syrup and studied to better understand syrup production and forest preservation. About three-quarters of the maple syrup produced at Cornell’s forest comes to our restaurants, which amounts to over a thousand gallons of syrup each year, all produced with sustainability for the future in mind.
A Sustainable Scholarship
Also in partnership with The George Washington University, Founding Farmers created and funds the annual Scholarship for Sustainable Hospitality. We’re always looking for ways to impact the next generation, and what better way to do so than by supporting a student who has committed to making positive contributions to the preservation of the earth and our environment?
In addition, Founding Farmers supports a variety of local schools and nonprofits. Organizations such as Veterans in a New Field, which trains veterans in sustainable agricultural practices, and Sweet Virginia, which inspires and educates children about the importance of honey bees, have missions that are especially close to our heart.