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. Hartmut Doebel.
The GWU beekeeping research project focuses on different aspects of honey bee life and health, while providing a safe place for our urban pollinators.
46 Undergraduate Students researching bee behavior patterns and colony collapse disorders
2,500 lbs of Honey harvested & used in our restaurants and our distillery
Honey bees are essential to the diversity of our food chain. One out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators, which also translates to 70 of the world’s top 100 crops being pollinated by honey bees, including potatoes, blueberries & most berries, broccoli, melon, avocados, many nuts, sesame, sunflower, apples, peaches, cucumbers, squash, grapes, tomatoes, and more. Almonds are entirely reliant on bee pollination. In the United States, more than $15 billion dollars worth of crops are pollinated by bees each year.
Did you know these UnBEElievable Honey Bee Facts?
One bee makes 1/2 teaspoon of honey in its entire life.
Honey bees NEVER SLEEP.
Honey bees wings stroke 200 times per second.
Honey is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial.
Every year, in early spring, we are invited to participate in the installation of new hives at GW, home of the largest urban apiary in DC. We sometimes visit just to see how the bees are doing, and sometimes we join the annual honey harvest.
We are open on Thanksgiving! We have 3 ways you can celebrate Thanksgiving with our scratch-made holiday food & drink. Or join us anytime during the holiday weekend.
1. Thanksgiving in Our Restaurants
Please join us at any of our Founding Farmers restaurants on Thursday, November 25 for our special Thanksgiving prix fixe menu.
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.
This year, we are celebrating one of our favorite industry events, Restaurant Week(s), for TWO weeks. Founding Farmers will once again be participating in King of Prussia’s Main Line Today Restaurant Week(s).