Living With the First Bees

The First Lady, Michelle Obama, has the First Organic Garden on the White House grounds. The garden contains the first beehive ever on the White House grounds. These First Bees are the first bees. I learn from the White House Blog that the official First Beekeeper is carpenter Charlie Brandt who on request, shared his hobby with the White House.

The hive was strategically located to avoid bee stings by the President, his family and guests. The hive was anchored to the ground to withstand the wind force generated by the Airforce One helicopter. The hive produced 243 pounds of honey in 2011. This year more supers have been added.

What to do with the honey? President Obama, it turns out, is a fan of home brewing beer, a hobby shared with George Washington. President Obama has brewed the first White House home brew. Some of the honey finds its way into the White House Home Brew. Just this week, the President released his recipes for Honey Brown Ale, Honey Porter and Honey Blonde Ale. It is good to see honeybees getting the respect they deserve.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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5 Responses to Living With the First Bees

  1. Anonymous says:

    Bee’s interest me because they have so much to offer people. Bee’s are a vital part of the pollination of most plants. Without bees who knows what the world would look like. I find it interesting that the First Lady is so interested in bees, and it’s insanely awesome that the bee’s produced 243 pounds of honey in 2011. I did not think that was possible.

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