Apiary Application

Tillman Rabbit Farm

Owner: Marjorie Ford

8313 Thompson School Road
Corryton, TN 37721
Knox County

Mailing Address:
11032 Flotilla dr
Knoxville, TN 37934

daytime phone: (865) 300-9688
evening phone: (865) 300-9688

Application Date: 2013-04-24

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
I believe that many of the problems honeybees have been experiencing over the last 20 years or so is partially attributable to human interference. Bees have been adapting to the challenges and I feel that allowing them to naturally develop will make them stronger as a species. That is why I want to run my apiary as naturally as possible.
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? *
My neighbor, who raises perennials and fruits CNG. Her name is Jana Graziano.
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).
In late June or early July I will sell honey at the FARM Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons at Ebenezer United Methodist Church on Ebenezer & Westland, Friday afternoons at Laurel Church of Christ on Kingston Pike, and Saturday mornings at Jackson Square in Oak Ridge. I will also be at the New Harvest Park Market on Thursday afternoons.
How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
3, 4 if I can catch a swarm this spring
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. *
8313 Thompson School Rd., Corryton, TN 37721 (The apiary at 12908 George Lovelace Rd, Knoxville, TN 37932 will not be certified as it is on land that is not managed according to CNG standards. This honey will be given to relatives.)
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
I have about 16 acres of woods with honeysuckle, raspberries, sweet gum, locust, maple, sassafras, oak and hickory. My cleared land, about 5 acres, has a fruit orchard (apple, plum, apricot & figs), blueberries, clover & vegetable garden. Next door neighbor has blueberries, raspberries, herbs, perennials and vegetables. Within a 5 mile radius are many home gardens, as well as wildflowers. The west Knox apiary is on an 80 acre cattle farm with home gardens and fruit trees nearby.
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? *
I will be growing all my produce under CNG Standards.
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
I use a cooking oil filled trap under the screened bottom board to control SHB, and dust the bees periodically with pure powdered sugar to control varroa mites. So far I have not had to use menthol, as I have seen no evidence of tracheal mites. We have sown clover and will also sow buckwheat to carry them through the summer dearth.
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. *
I have begun to put installation dates on the frames, and will rotate out 20% of last years frames at the end of the season.

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? *
I try to get them through the winter, and some have survived. I did a split this week and will be getting more bees Saturday. I also hope to catch a swarm to expand my apiary.
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. *
2:1 cane sugar syrup + HoneyBHealthy Late winter, granulated sugar on top of frames

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
I have not seen a lot of varroa this year, but I do remove excess drone brood and have used the powdered sugar treatment in the past.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
I inspect the bees. There has not been enough to merit the bottom board technique yet.
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)? *
I've not had the misfortune of seeing either of those, but state law requires the burning of all wooden ware if you detect AFB, & using the "shook swarm method" with new equipment sounds like it might be helpful. I don't know of anything other than antibiotics or starting over that will eliminate these diseases.
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
I have not been treating for this.
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? *
My Mentee lost his queen and wax moths took over- I had him put the frames in the freezer & start again the next year. So far the new hive is doing fine. I control SHB with oil filled trap under the bottom board.
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
They are elevated on cinder blocks and have a block on top to make it hard to open. I have stapled fibre tape over the beetle traps so the raccoons can't pull them out to lick.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
I check them once a week to look for problems, I read a lot about them and I stay in touch with other Beekeepers through our local association to keep up on best practices.

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") *
Ben Volk Ed Close


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. *
Marjorie Ford
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. *
Marjorie Ford
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. *
Marjorie Ford
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. *
Marjorie Ford
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
I am also seeking CNG certification for my produce.