Apiary Application

Pinelands Pure

Owner: David Elkner

Address:
990 East Malaga Rd
Williamstown, NJ 08094
Glouster County

Mailing Address:
6207 Laurel St.
Mays Landing, NJ 08330

daytime phone: (609) 703-9323
evening phone: (609) 703-9323

Application Date: 2016-01-30

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
Want to produce honey and hive products from organic hives
Is the land on which your apiary sits currently certified (by CNG or another organization)? *
yes
Which agency is the certifier (for example CCOF, PCO, NOFA, Demeter)? What type of certification (Organic, Biodynamic, etc) does the land have? *
NJDA. Organic
Has the land on which your apiary sits ever been Certified in the past? *
yes
Who was the certifying agency (CCOF, PCO, NOFA, Demeter, etc) and what type of certification did they provide (Organic, Biodynamic)? *
Organic
When was the land certified, and why is it no longer certified? *
Still is certified. Yearly
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Rick Holgen. CNG beekeeper in NJ
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How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
I will place 4-5 on this location
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. *
990 east Malaga rd williamstown nj 08094
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
Apiary will sit on 12 acre organic farm surrounding area is a rural community with open land. NOT located in a developement Wid flowers are the main nectar source
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.) *
no
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. *
Currently replace frames as needed..... Will replace frames in these hives at 20% a year

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? *
Relay on my own survivor colonies. With swarm and splits added Purchase queens from a Hygenic queen breeder in PA
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. *
Table grade sugar Ina 2to 1 syrup. To build up to amount to survive winter ONLY

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
Thymol and queen replacement to break mite cycle Introducing Russian queens this year
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
Sugar shake 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.) *
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)? *
AMERICAN foul brood kill colony and BURN everything European foul brood, not found(to date) in this location
Nosema
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
Strong colonies, plenty of winter ventilation
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? *
Chalkboard- replace the queen and get hive to a drier location Will treat the same as listed above
Pests
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
Nice - use a winter hive reducer they have not been a problem in my 25 years of beekeeping Skunk - use a carpet stripe on the hive entrance
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
NEVER allow a failing queen to exist. Swap brood frames from the same apiary to strengthen a weaker colony

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") *
Rick Holgen Julie Akers

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. *
David ELkner
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. *
David ELkner
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. *
David ELkner
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. *
David ELkner
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
I do not own the land that this apiary is located on I pollinate with my other colonies, this locationand hives are being used as a CNG Operation ONLY. Reason being I have had numerous requests for organic honey ( only hives canbe certified organic) Trying to fill a void in my operation ,I have been meeting with Rick Holgen for over a year with our small cng minded group My phone is 609-703-9323 after 3:30 pm