The Mount Vernon Triangle CID has partnered with DC Honeybees for an installation at the Farm at Walker-Jones (http://wjfarm.wordpress.com/). This grass-roots agricultural effort is adjacent to the new and awesome Walker-Jones school at New Jersey Avenue and K Street NW. The school serves children from nursery through eighth grade in modern facilities and lots of green-space. The farm grew its first crops this past season and plantings will increase markedly next year.
The CID and DC Honeybees approached the farm volunteers this fall to see of they would like to improve their pollination and include beekeeping practices in their agricultural curriculum. I am pleased to hear that they have accepted our offer of a donation of a hive which we will populate with bees in early spring. DC Honeybees will provide support and management of the hive and teach the children of this urban campus the benefits and basics of beekeeping in the city. The prize of course will follow in the fall when the honey harvest begins and the children can taste items made with their honey in the school's kitchen.