Tuesday, June 3, 2008

UConn raises honey bees to supply dining hall ...so could we

BY GRACE E. MERRITT COURANT STAFF WRITER
June 1, 2008
The Hartford Courant

"In a great green meadow, behind a forgotten apple orchard, 100,000 bees got to work Saturday making honey for University of Connecticut dining halls.

Two university dining service employees gently shook the bees, shipped in from Georgia, into 10 new hives Saturday afternoon, making UConn probably the first college in the country to make its own honey for its dining halls.

By next year, UConn hopes to produce as much as 2,000 pounds of honey from the hives, more than half the 3,800 pounds the university kitchens use a year in marinades, sauces and baked goods.Starting an apiary seemed like a logical, if novel, step in UConn's efforts to serve more locally grown food, part of a national trend in college dining services to become more environmentally conscious." ....

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