BeeLand, LLCOwner: Dustin Weston
559 Garden Drive
Providence, UT 84332
daytime phone: (435) 757-1999
Application Date: 2015-09-12
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- We are looking to supply and sell raw local honey. We want to be a part of the movement to ethically cure and save the bees. We feel that teaming up with CNG is a great way to help us get that message across.
- 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? *
- Local beekeepers.
- 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)? *
- 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. *
- Box Elder and Cache County Yards.
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- Near open sources of water that help reduce the risk of over spray is reduced from anyone. Nectar sources include but are not limited to wild flowers, trees, weeds, and some alfalfa.
- 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.) *
- 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 are going to sell nucs each spring. In this process we plan to split and sell 10 frames and receive 10 frames. we are numbering our brood bodies 1 and 2 so that we know which body is receiving new frames.
- 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? *
- Right now we are maintaining them through the honey flow in utah and preparing them for wintering. We do mite checks, feed patty (with correct ingredients) Treat as needed as recommended for mites. Feed Sucrose exclusively starting this year.
- 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. *
- Honey bee healthy or a homemade version with all natural oils listed in the acceptable ingredients policy. Sucrose, we used to do fructose but not any more.
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- We use hopguard as needed. We follow and practice the rules as far as administering and honey supers are concerned.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- Alcohol wash 3 times a year, or as needed.
- 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)? *
- Keeping colonies clean, dry, and fed has been our best defense so far. We have not yet had to deal with and/or treat.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- All natural Probiotic added to the feed. Nozevit when needed.
- 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? *
- Chalkbrood happened in some of our hives last year and we were able to kick it with cinnamon and adding brood from stronger hives. Wax moths were a pest this year in weaker hives. Some we were able to fight off adding more brood/bees. Others we let run there course and froze the frames to start over with fresh splits.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- We use entrance reducers, strongly built boxes with glue and screws, and custom build pallets.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- We developed a screened bottom pallet that has proven to help reduce the mites, and moisture issues within our colonies.
Colonies Engaged in Pollination Services
- Are your colonies engaged in pollination by contract? *
- Are any crops on the land contracted for pollination managed with the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides during time of pollination or for the three months prior? *
- Do you agree to obtain a signed contract with the crop producer specifying that for the entire time the land is occupied by the bee colonies and for the three months prior, no prohibited pesticides herbicides or fungicides will be used? *
- Are any of your colonies moved more than three times per calendar year for purposes of pollination? *
- 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".) *
- informal. Cache valley beekeepers association
- 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") *
- Martin James Christopher mcginty
- 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/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/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. *
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