White House Bee Hive

Posted on July 4, 2010  Comments (2)

The White House added a bee hive last year. An Excellent White House Bee Adventure

On Tuesday, March 24, [2009] the first known hive of bees at the White House arrived at their location on the South Lawn. You don’t have to count on my crummy photo to see them: just stop by the fence on the Ellipse (south) side: two deeps and a medium of Maryland mixed breed bees, with known Russian and Caucasian genetics.

During the 2008 campaign, Michelle Obama emphasized healthy, local food, and since arriving here has tasked her family’s personal chef, Sam Kass, with putting a garden in to supply fresh produce for the Executive Mansion and educational events for the community. Charlie realized that this was a chance to include bees, and to show their important role in putting one of every three bites on your plate. Charlie allocated (free of charge, people!) one of his own hives for the White House Victory Garden, and it will both provide hive products and an teaching opportunities.

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2 Responses to “White House Bee Hive”

  1. Craig
    July 7th, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

    Man, that is so cool. I would never have though that the White House would have kept bees. You learn something new everyday.

  2. Steve
    July 9th, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    This is really cool, I am glad to see that even at the White House they are interested in using local food. A lot of people really don’t appreciate bees but they are great – Good for the garden and you get honey!

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