Apiary Application

Kinloch Farm Inc. Apiary

Owner: Jonathan Duffy

4073 Kinloch Lane
P.O. Box 516
The Plains, VA 20198
Fauquier County

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 516
The Plains, VA 20198

daytime phone: (540) 272-0798
Web site: http://www.kinlochfarm.com

Application Date: 2010-08-05

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
Marketing and support for sustainable hive management practices.
Is the land on which your apiary sits currently certified (by CNG or another organization)? *
Has the land on which your apiary sits ever been Certified in the past? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Bee Culture Magazine
Please check all markets where you sell your honey. *

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The Green Barns Farmer's Market, The Plains, VA
How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
Before continuing, please take a moment to review the 5 steps to Apiary Certification. (You may do this by clicking the link below.) Are they clear? *

Apiary Location and Position

Some beekeepers seek certification for more than one apiary. Please provide the location (or locations) of the apiary (or apiaries) for which you seek certification. *
Hopewell Apiary, The Plains, VA - Busthead Apiary, The Plains, VA
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
Farmland - open fields and woodland. Poplar, maple, locust and other trees. Wildflowers, clover and buckwheat.
Do you own or manage the land on which your apiary is located? (If at least one of your apiaries is on land you own or manage, answer yes.) *
Do you agree not to use on this land any synthetic materials that are not allowed under the CNG produce or honey programs? *
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
Planting buckwheat and clover. Transitioning some fields from fescue to native grasses and wildflowers
Within each apiary for which you seek certification, do you manage any hives "conventionally", using practices or substances that are not allowed under the CNG apiary standards? *

Hive Construction, Components, and Brood Comb Removal

Do your hives have any paint or chemical treatment on the interior surface of the hive? *
Do you have, or will you develop, a labeling system and schedule to ensure removal of at least 20% of brood frame per year, such that there is never brood comb present that is more than 5 years old? *
Please briefly describe your brood comb removal practices to date, and your plans for the coming seasons. *
All frames are labeled with the date they are put into service. As of yet no frames are more than 2 years old. They will be replaced as or before they reach 5 years of age.

Apiary Transition

Does your apiary contain brood comb that A) is from another beekeeper (including from purchased nuc), or B) has been exposed to Tylan, or C) has been exposed to three or more treatments of fluvalinate (Apistan, Mavrik) or amitraz (Miticur, Taktic, or Mitak)? *
Has any wax or comb in your apiary ever been exposed to coumaphos (CheckMite+) or fenpyroximate (Hivastan), or more than six indirect exposures of coumaphos (CheckMite+), hydramethylnon or fipronil (Max Force Gel roach baite) as closed trapping for SHBs?

General Bee Maintenance and Care

Describe how you maintain your bee population from one season to the next. Do you rely on survivor colonies, incorporate feral colonies, purchase new bees every year, or some combination of these and/or other practices? *
Of our 22 hives, 12 were new nucs from Sustainable Bee Program (Hamilton, VA), 7 survivors, 1 feral and 2 swarms. We intend to do splits for next year and buy queens from Sustainable Bee.
Do you sometimes feed the bees when honey supers are on the hive, or within two weeks before honey super addition? *
If and when your bees require supplemental feeding, what do you feed them? Please be specific and include all ingredients. *
Dissolved granulated sugar with Honey-B-Healthy.

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
Powdered sugar dusting with SBB. Formic acid for hives that require it.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
Powdered sugar rolls spring, mid-summer and late summer.
Before treating any hive for Varroa mites, will you monitor the Varroa mite infestation level to determine whether it exceeds the treatment threshold set by your local network? (If you run a survivor colony, and you never treat, please answer Yes.) *
If you choose to treat colonies infested with Varroa mites, will you keep records of treatment methods, along with pre- and post-treatment monitoring results? *
American and European Foulbrood
How do you prevent and treat American Foulbrood (AFB) and European Foulbrood (EFB)? *
Have not yet encountered. Avoiding used equipment and trying to keep strong healthy hives
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
Have not yet encountered. Avoiding used equipment and trying to keep strong healthy hives
Other Diseases
What has been your experience with other diseases (such as chalkbrood, viral diseases, wax moths, small hive beetle)? How have you dealt with them? How will you deal with them if they recur? *
Manageable SHB. We use traps with oil in them. Planning to start using corrugated plastic signboard. Manageable moth issues. We freeze all frames after use and before storing.
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
Hives are elevated about 16-18" off the ground. Yard is enclosed with solar powered electric fence. We do have bears to consider
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
We plant clover and buckwheat nearby. Water is close as well. We try to feed as soon as the nectar flow slows down. We dry up most summers and sometimes fall as well. Hives are well ventilated in summer and wind blocks installed in the winter. Replacement Queens have come from Sustainable Bee Program which is breeding for the local.

Colonies Engaged in Pollination Services

Are your colonies engaged in pollination by contract? *

Local Networks

Are you a part of a local network of beekeepers using natural methods? This could be a formal network like a county beekeepers association, or it could be an informal network of beekeepers in your area with a commitment to using natural methods. *
If this is a formal network please indicate the name of the network below. (If it is not a formal network, please simply write "informal".) *
If this is an informal network, please indicate below the names of at least two other beekeepers who participate. They do not need to be CNG beekeepers, but they do need to have some commitment to and knowledge of natural practices. (If you're part of a formal network, please simply write "see above") *
Environmental Studies on the Piedmont(German Perilla), Sustainable Bee Program (Bill Bundy & Billy Davis)


Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by entering your name/s in the spaces following the statements.
I/we will only use the Certified Naturally Grown name and label on apiary products (honey, pollen, propolis) that are in fact from the CNG apiaries described in this application. *
Jonathan Duffy / Kinloch Farm
I/we understand that CNG beeswax certification is a separate process (not yet available in 2010), and that the basic Apiary Certification doesn't confer CNG status on beeswax. *
Jonathan Duffy / Kinloch Farm
I/we understand the CNG work requirements: A) To complete at least one certification inspection of another CNG apiary in my area each year. B) To arrange at least two annual inspections of my/our apiary, to be carried out by qualified inspectors as outlined in CNG informational materials. *
Jonathan Duffy / Kinloch Farm
I/we have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown standards, understand them, and will abide by them. I/we understand that if I/we have any questions I/we may contact CNG for clarification. *
Jonathan Duffy / Kinloch Farm
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