Back To Work for the Beekeepers

w200-5c388ba3aa6d2a3fe8351bc00f887b3bNow Congress has reopened the government, this means we’ll be seeing Charlie Brandts, the first Official but semi-retired White House Beekeeper. He is buzzing back to the White House Garden to make sure all is still well in the hive.

He is a sweet guy.


The average worker bee flies 15 miles an hour and produces one-twelfth of a teaspoon of during its entire lifetime.

To produce a pound of honey , a bee colony will visit 2 million flowers and fly 55,000 miles. (That is more than eight times the distance from New York City to Toyko, Japan.) 

As the Obama Foodorama posted on its site: “The White House Beehive, the first ever on the grounds, has been expanded from when it was first installed on the South Lawn beside First Lady Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden in 2009. More bee boxes have been added, to increase the output of honey. In 2011, the hive produced 243 pounds of honey, up from 164 pounds in 2010 and 124 pounds in 2009.”

The large output, Brandts recently revealed to the Washington Times, has to do with the setting. The White House offers a country-like setting because it is populated with trees, annuals and ponds. “It’s like a Shangri La for bees.”

whhoneyjarThe results are lovely parting gifts for some lucky few: small jars of honey for visiting dignitaries and small children, White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter for others. As US News & World Report noted, “The homegrown gift is a White House rarity, say historians, which could make it the most sought-after nectar since Romans gave it to their gods.”

Excerpted from Great Food Jobs 2: Ideas and Inspiration for Your Job Hunt.

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