Airfield Reserve Buckeye Honey now available

Honey jar with Buckeye Honey label with box of jars in the background

Did you know there are bee hives at The Ohio State University Airport? In partnership with Ohio State’s Rothenbuhler Honey Bee Research Laboratory and Department of Entomology, the airport supports research about how different habitats impact honey bees and their nectar collection. Honey is a sweet result of the research. Now, it’s a pleasure to offer a limited amount for sale.

For nine years the airport has partnered with the bee lab as a host site for the hives. The airport’s vast green acres surrounded by an urban landscape provide an important foraging environment for honey bees to collect nectar. Since the research is focused on habitat and feeding habits, researchers are often left with a surplus of honey.

The summer 2023 honey harvest produced enough honey to allow the airport to bottle and sell – for the first time ever – jars of honey. Airfield Reserve Buckeye Honey may be purchased in person at the terminal Pilot Shop. Click here for hours and contact information.

Discussions about the use of funds from the sale of honey are ongoing and include reinvesting the profits back into the research, buying updated equipment and expanding the project.

Learn more about the harvesting process and partnership with the Department of Entomology by visiting the related webpage.

Large swarm of honey bees on a comb
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