April 18, 2018 Sustainability

Busy Buzzing Bee Installation

Founding Farmers was onsite last weekend when The George Washington University Apiary installed six new honey bee hives. We support this undergraduate urban beekeeping research project, which includes a dozen hives atop a campus building in downtown DC.

Led by Dr. Hartmut Doebel, GW’s Undergraduate Honey Bee Research Laboratory and Apiary, known as GWBuzz, is a research team focusing on different aspects of honey bee life and health. We provided fellowship monies to GW to help promote and learn sustainable and healthy apiculture in the midst of the bustling city of Washington, D.C. The sweet stuff we get from their hives is just an added bonus and is used by our Founding Spirits distillery.

At Farmers Restaurant Group, we know the importance of honey bees for the future of the world’s food supply and the earth’s ecosystem. Our collaboration with GW began in 2011 and is one way we help to support research and continued education on honey bees.

For those interested, GW’s apiary has a live web cam where you can check out the busy bee action or you can watch a video and learn more about our partnership with the GW research lab. We also work with Sweet Virginia, a non-profit honey bee education program for children.

According to the research team, GW is looking forward to another great beekeeping season. To celebrate the installation, Dr. Doebel and his fellow beekeeping team headed across the street to Founding Farmers. They ordered tea, which was served with our flatware decorated with a bee and imprinted with the date 5.04.2011. When they asked our server the significance, they were happy to learn it was that date we started beekeeping with GWBuzz. That’s a pretty sweet ending to a busy buzzy spring beekeeping day.

September 22, 2021

Thanksgiving Weekend at Home

Again this year, we are offering a decadent menu of our delicious scratch-made food to enjoy in the comfort of your home for Thanksgiving dinner and all weekend long. Our special Thanksgiving Weekend at Home menu is started in our kitchens, ready to be finished at your convenience in yours with our detailed light cooking and reheating instructions.

August 20, 2021

GW is Buzzing with Honey Bees… Again

It’s still summertime and The George Washington University Undergraduate Honey Bee Research Laboratory and Apiary team is abuzz as usual.  For the past ten years, we have been supporting (and delighted to learn from) this amazing undergraduate bee research team headed up by Dr.

August 10, 2021

Straws Made By Life

We have a new sustainability partner across our restaurants. After a lot of trial and error trying to find the best alternative for plastic straws, we came across Restore Regenerative Foodware. 

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