Two Hive HoneyOwner: Nathan and Sally Gray
1605 Dallas St
Aurora, CO 80010
daytime phone: (720) 217-2864
evening phone: (720) 341-1347
Application Date: 2017-03-21
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- We believe in the program. We and our bees live this anyway. We just learned of your program and our excited to become part of this organization. We would like our honey to reflect CNG standards.
- 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? *
- Wyoming Bee College Dan Sudinski
- 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).
- Flea Market, Word of Mouth
- 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. *
- We keep our hives in our back yard at 1605 Dallas St in the city of Aurora, CO
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- They sit on a concrete slab in the yard. There are numerous trees, private gardens, and parks in the neighborhood
- 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? *
- we agree
- Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
- We are in the midst of changing things up a bit this summer but, we usually have a mixed flower and veggie garden. This year we intend to increase the size to include more flowers to the front yard and neighbors have agreed to eliminate pesticides in their yards and grow more bee friendly 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 remove most brood comb every couple of years, I don't like it to become too dark, and since we've been at this only a few years that wont be too difficult
- 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? *
- This year we have been lucky they have all survived winter and may be ready to split. We have in the past incorporated swarms and purchased nucs.
- 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. *
- 1:1 pure cane sugar and water supplemented with Honey Be Healthy over winter I gave them a pure cane sugar cake
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- we have only treated once with oxalic acid
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- Twice a year with a sticky board under
- 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)? *
- We monitor for it. Two years ago we got a case of AFB as soon as we realized what it was we tossed away all of our tools and burned the infected hive. What a sad day that was
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- We treated with Fumigilan once a few years ago when we were just new bee keeps, but the bees didn't survive. We have not used it since and wouldn't choose to use it in the future. We have since learned of ways to treat with essential oils.
- 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? *
- freeze empty frames to prevent wax moth have never seen a beetle. I will always contact someone who knows more than we do on treating any of these problems and then be sure it is within CNG standards torch all tools after each use
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- a nail in small part of entrance reducer prevents mice, raccoons might be the only problem, tho we have never had any
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- We do try to leave them to their own as much as possible.
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".) *
- 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") *
- Ray Story, Carl Hough
- 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. *
- You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
- We would like to help new beekeepers to learn and expand in a natural way