August 18, 2018 Sustainability

Celebrating the Magic of Honey Bees

At Founding Farmers, we’re all about celebrating and protecting honey bees any way we can.

This year’s National Honey Bee Day was particularly sweet for us as it fell on the heels of the big honey harvest from our urban apiary at The George Washington University, in the heart of Washington, D.C.

On August 5th, we successfully yielded 250 lbs of honey, which is 75 more pounds than we extracted last year. Team members joined GW researchers to help extract the honey from the hives, and then used centrifuges to spin the honey from the honeycomb. For our team, it was particularly rewarding to see the fruits of their labor and the bees progress, because we participated in the installation of six new hives last spring.

Every day, we are grateful for the bounty we get from honey bees, whether the simple sweetness of their honey or the complex ecological underpinnings that support the diversity of harvests worldwide. Every year, we are happy to celebrate National Honey Bee Day and remind our staff and guests about the true miracle of the busy, buzzing honey bee.

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. 

August 19, 2019

Sunflowers are Back

It is a great season to visit Founding Farmers Tysons. Our sunflowers are back and in-house through September.  We love welcoming guests to our Tysons restaurant with our bounty of sunflowers. Each year, we harvest these beauties with our friends and sustainable partners at Sweet Virginia, a non-profit working to educate children about the wonder of honey bees and their importance in pollinating and maintaining food diversity for every living creature on the planet.

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