Apiary Application

Pine Springs Farm Apiary

Owner: Lisa Laskow

Address:
161 S Penn Rd
Stahlstown, PA 15687
Westmoreland County

daytime phone: (724) 593-7998

Application Date: 2012-07-06

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
I use IPM techniques to keep my bees and CNG seems the next logical step. In addition, I would like to bring the CNG standards to other members of the beekeepers association that I belong to.
Is the land on which your apiary sits currently certified (by CNG or another organization)? *
no
Has the land on which your apiary sits ever been Certified in the past? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Can't remember
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).
How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
nine (9)
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? *
yes

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. *
161 S Penn Rd. Stahlstown PA 15687
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
The apiary is located on a 78 acre farm in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. We are surrounded by other small farms, fields and woods with a stream nearby. The nectar sources are trees and field flowers.
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.) *
yes
Do you agree not to use on this land any synthetic materials that are not allowed under the CNG produce or honey programs? *
I have never used any synthetic materials on this land which we have owned for 17 years.
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
I let the fields grow up to provide wild flowers for the bees.
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? *
no

Hive Construction, Components, and Brood Comb Removal

Do your hives have any paint or chemical treatment on the interior surface of the hive? *
no
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? *
yes
Please briefly describe your brood comb removal practices to date, and your plans for the coming seasons. *
I replace two brood frames each year in each deep with a goal of replacing all frames every 5 years.

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)? *
no
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?
no

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? *
Mostly rely on survivor colonies, try to capture a swarm or two, or make splits from my own hives. Have purchased packages and nucs in the past.
Do you sometimes feed the bees when honey supers are on the hive, or within two weeks before honey super addition? *
no
If and when your bees require supplemental feeding, what do you feed them? Please be specific and include all ingredients. *
This year I fed the bees back their own honey. In the past (and perhaps in the future) I use 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 sugar rolls. If I find a mite load, I will treat with formic acid...generally a Mite Away II product. I will also spray the bees with Honey-B-Healthy in sugar water.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
I use the sugar roll technique. I check the bees one to two times per year.
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.) *
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? *
yes
American and European Foulbrood
How do you prevent and treat American Foulbrood (AFB) and European Foulbrood (EFB)? *
Have not had AFB or EFB in any hives in past 7 years. Would probably try Honey B Healthy first and then contact a more experienced beekeeper for advice.
Nosema
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
See above.
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? *
See above
Pests
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
Have an electric barbed wire fence around one bee yard as a bear deterrent. Am experimenting with Nite-Guard Solar units for other bee yard.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.

Colonies Engaged in Pollination Services

Are your colonies engaged in pollination by contract? *
no

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. *
yes
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".) *
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") *
Darci Sanner Mark Schmidhofer

Agreements

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. *
Lisa Laskow
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. *
Lisa Laskow
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. *
Lisa Laskow
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. *
Lisa Laskow
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
I also have two horses and a mini-mule. Our fields are used for hay production.