Apiary Application

Swarm Chasers Apiaries

Owner: Mary Cahill-Roberts

534 Mt Gerizim Rd
Mableton, GA 30126
Cobb County

Mailing Address:
534Mt Gerizim Rd
Mableton, GA 30126

daytime phone: (404) 388-3427
evening phone: (404) 388-3427

Application Date: 2011-08-17

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
I have not used chemicals in my hives other than honey bee healthy products and powdered sugar. I would like to help bring natural methods of care to bees and improve the overall health of bees. CNG is a great way of giving the customer a more natural product and setting a standard hopefully other beekeepers will want to emulate.
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? *
Buddy Marterre at EAS
Please check all markets where you sell your honey. *

You may use this space to specify where customers can purchase your honey (this will be displayed on your profile to help customers find you).
From my home Locals Farmers Market
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. *
Mableton Community Garden Smyrna Marietta
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
1 apiary is in a community garden surrounded by about 5 acres of land, the other apiaries are in neighborhoods
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. *
We do not use any chemicals on our lawn and the neighborhoods where my hives are the owners have agreed to not use any chemicals on the lawns
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. *
At this point I remove 4 frames per hive every year from the brood. I use a super and deep, so depending on the comb and how old it is I may take 4 deeps or and no super or 2/2 or 3/1. I have removed comb or put in new frames depending on the need of the hive.

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? *
My bee loss is about 30%. When I pull honey in May, I will keep about 10-20 frames and beef up the lighter colonies or will combine the colonies and give frames if I have weaker colonies. I feed pollen in August through the fall, weather permitting. I also powder sugar and use bettle traps/ hive tool to try to decrease the population of AHB. I split colonies in the spring for the strong winter colonies and I requeen from vendors
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. *
August sugar water with Honey bee healthy and amino acids Late August Ultra Bee Protein Patties or mega bee patties mixed with above liquids. Spring buildup I use the same in February/ March both pollen and sugar water.

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
I do splits I use powdered sugar I will let the hive requeen itself/ or let them grow a queen naturally
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
I do a powdered sugar level in Feb / March after winter , if it is low I don't repeat, then in Late August before I use powdered sugar I will use the powdered sugar method for the hive. I also have sticky sheets that I will count the mite after the sugar shake to see the results.
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)? *
keep strong colonies. If my colony were to have AFB I will destroy the colony. EFB Destroy the frames with afb , feed protein patties and requeen.
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
I use protein patties only. Some people try to use fumagillan but I do not use it. If you keep healthy bees then you will see less of this problem
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? *
I have had wax moths, so I combined the hives and took out extra supers. I have SHB and use my hive tool and have tried the banana traps. I have moved the hive to a more sunny spot.
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
I have mouse guards I put on in Sept/Oct. I have not had experience with other animals, if I do then I will raise the hive. Most of my hives are at least 18 inches off the ground.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
I will move frames between colonies to increase numbers for the weaker ones. I let them grow their own queens. I split them.

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") *
Informal Network Jim Moye Jerry Edwards


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. *
I agree
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. *
I agree
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. *
I agree
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. *
I agree
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
I only have a garden with my apiaries and do not sell produce.