Dream Haven Farms ApiaryOwner: Shearer Turton
602 16th Avenue East
Cordele, GA 31015
P.O. Box 369
Cordele, GA 31010
daytime phone: (229) 938-9671
Application Date: 2014-07-04
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- I am a bee keeper and have quality honey and bees. I want a way to let my customers know it is chemical free and first quality.
- 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 school at young harris college.
- 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).
- I have real estate offices in Cordele at 602 16th Avenue East in Americus at 1130 Felder Street in Tifton at 1928 Whiddon Mill Road and in Warner Robins at 1219 South Houston Lake road and at the Emporium at 1291 South Houston Lake Road
- 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. *
- My aparies are located at my home at 1616 Ogburn Road, in Cordele, Sanders creek, 919 19th Avenue East in Cordele and the Powell Farm in Vienna. (Staff note: he will be moving these to a 100-acre property in Dooley county with an organically-managed orchard.)
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- woods, wild flowers, and clover
- 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 agree to not use any synthetic materials on the land.
- Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
- I make sure the wooded area is allowed to grow and support flowers. I also have planted several areas of wild flowers.
- 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 been writing the date on the frames when they were installed.
- 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 split my hives once or twice a year. I catch 20 swarms a year. I also purchase Russian queens from Michael Plamer, Old sol and from Mikes bees in Ohio. My bees are mostly Russian with survivor stock mixed in.
- 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. *
- I give them cane sugar water in the spring to help with the 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. *
- I use screen bottom boards, Hop guard, formic acid
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- in the fall i do a sugar roll test
- 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 do not have this problem. If I did I would destroy and burn the hive
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- I don't have this problem. The winters are mild and the bees fly all the time. Even in the winter
- 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 treat for small hive beetles with oil trays under the screened bottom boards. I don't have chalkbrood or a wax moth problem.or other diseases.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- I put the hives 16 inches hign, and use entrance reducers. I have not had a problem with bears.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- I feed them in the winter and I keep the small hive beetles under control. Good bee stock helps greatly.
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".) *
- I am a member of the heart of Georgia bee club
- 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") *
- it is a formal club
- 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. *
- Shearer Turton
- 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. *
- Shearer Turton
- 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. *
- Shearer Turotn
- 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. *
- Shearer Turton
- You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
- We are excited about growing our Honey business to 200 hives next year.