Turning Creek ArtisansOwner: Robert (Bob) Grant
77 WIlson Bridge Lane
Clayton, GA 30525
77 Wilson Bridge Lane
Clayton, GA 30525
daytime phone: (770) 331-1941
evening phone: (706) 212-0023
Web site: http://turningcreekartisans.com
Application Date: 2012-08-20
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- I manage four apiaries inRabun county and practice IPM on all my hives. I believe we produce one of the finist and cleanest honey's around. We ship to a number of customers in 6 states.
- 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? *
- I am the Board President of the Clayton Farmers Market, one of the Framers who knows my operation suggested I apply.
- 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).
- The Root Cellar -Clayton Lake Rabun Hotel Timeless Treasures -Tiger Mountain Craft Coop -Clayton 12 Spies Vineyard -Rabun Gap
- 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. *
- Main- 77 Wilson Bridge Lane, Clayton Persimmon Creek Vineyard, Clayton 12 Spies Vineyard, Rabun Gap Lakemont
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- Fields, Mountains, streams, grazing land Wildflower, Clover, Sourwood, sunflower, lavendar
- 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. *
- On our main proerty, we don't use a chemicals in our orchard or grasy fields
- 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. *
- We generally replace 20 to 25% of the brood comb annually. Comb in the supers are replaced as needed( too dark or damaged)
- 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)? *
- Will you ensure that, through brood comb replacement or operation expansion, no more than 40% of the exposed comb will be present in the apiaries to be certified, AND that the exposed comb that remains will be marked and removed from your apiary within two years? Your apiary will have transitional status until all exposed comb is replaced. *
- Please indicate the month and year when you expect you will have replaced all marked brood comb (the comb that was purchased from another beekeeper, treated with Tylan, and/or exposed to three or more more treatments of fluvalinate or amitraz)? *
- 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? *
- We generally work to keep our bees from year to year (survivor approach with feeding)Queens are only replaced when one dies or becomes ineffective in the hive. Lost winter colonies are check closely for reason, 95% are due to starvation. This occurs in 10 to 15% of the Hives. We are now using double Hive bodies to reduce this problem. Queens are replaced from several breeders in GA and Northern CA. Lost colonies are Replaced from packages from Gardner Apiaries and Nucs from Berry Wright in Gainsville. This the same process we use for expansion of hives and apiaries.
- 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. *
- We use 1:1 sugar syrup with Honey Bee Healthy. In addition we use Mega Bee Patties for protien supplement. We feed the bees during the summer derth ( late August) and October through December. Start feeding agin in late Jan or early Feb through March - for Colony build up
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- Powder sugar as needed, Apigard in late August after Supers are off. Trying Hopguard in April to start early knock-down, prior to supering.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- Sticky bottom board-- Mite count, Observation of mites on bees during normal inspections
- 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)? *
- This has not been a problem in our areas so haven't treated for it. We do look for it during normal Hive inspections. IF we found infected Colonies we would remove comb or distroy the entire hive by Fire.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- Keep the hives clean and watch for signs of Nosema. Generally, haven't had a problem with it.
- 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? *
- Our only problems have been wax moths and hive beetles. Wax moths occur in weak hives so we discourage this by keeping strong hives which could mean combining weak hives with stronger ones. We use beetle traps and hive having more that one beetle present, we repeatly enter the top of the hive and kill the beetles by hand. Check frames for larve, and scoop out any larve impacted comb.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- Electric fence. Small animals haven't been a probem.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- Don't move our bees unless there is a location problem. Keep the bees well fed with both sugar and patties. Practice IPM. Ensure the Queen is healthy.
Colonies Engaged in Pollination Services
- Are your colonies engaged in pollination by contract? *
- 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".) *
- Moutnain Beekeeper Assocaiton-- but this can be 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") *
- Glen Henderson
- 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. *
- Yes on our labels
- 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. *
- Yes, we don't do beeswax
- 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/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. *
- You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
- We pride ourselves in the quality and purity of our Honeys. Further we are working to rebuild the bee population throughout the area.