Apiary Application

Bee Boys

Owner: Ryan Williamson

941456 Kaalualu rd
Naalehu, HI 96772
Hawaii County

Mailing Address:
Po box 469
Naalehu, HI 96772

daytime phone: (808) 333-6895
Web site: http://Beeboys.org

Application Date: 2017-08-10

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
Our apiary practices are more stringent than organic cert. I don't believe in paying for a certification that allows the feeding of sugar syrups to bees, applications of any chemicals, including ' soft' chemicals. I believe in a more ethical treatment of honeybees. I believe plastics have no place in beehives, though Organic allows.
Is the land on which your apiary sits currently certified (by CNG or another organization)? *
Which agency is the certifier (for example CCOF, PCO, NOFA, Demeter)? What type of certification (Organic, Biodynamic, etc) does the land have? *
2Bee+ ( to be positive) our own apiary certification classification. Our Cert only allows for natural comb building, no plastic, no sugar feeds, no soft chemicals, no queen breeding, no moving hives to nectar flows, no paint on beehives.
Has the land on which your apiary sits ever been Certified in the past? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
No Spray HawAii
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. *
2 locations- Kaalualu rd & Lorenzo rd in Ka'u Hawaii
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
1 AG homestead , mix tropical heavy on Christmas berry and macadamia nut 1 22 acre mix fruit farm- ohia Lehua, Christmas berry mac nut
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? *
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
Permaculture and biodynamics.
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 nadir our hives, always rotating comb out. New boxes go on the bottom, so the older combs always move up.Brood comb never ages more than 6 months 1 year. We cut and cull frames of honey. We never extract with an extractor and re-use frames. Bees build all new comb after harvests. We practice regression of cell size.

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? *
We are in the tropics, so the season is continual. We make walk away splits to boost numbers and combat varroa mite. Splits are made from overwhelmingly strong, treatment free hives. Our hawaiian apiary is only 1 year old. From 1 colony and one wild swarm we have made 25 healthy treatment free hives. We have 15 years beekeeping experience, in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Hawaii and California.
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. *
This is not a problem in our area of Hawaii, but if it were , we would give struggling Hives frames of honey. Not feed. I test for AFB and our honey is safe to transfer from one colony to the next. I would not trust another beekeepers honey. We were trained commercially , as queen breeders 12 years ago and know the detriment of sugar feeds, fake pollen partties,HFCS, and the plastic devices used to feed,.

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
We make walk away splits to encourage new hive building, and break the laying cycle of the Queen- very effective for us! We also practice regression, shrinking the cell size and gestation period to combat varroa. We select from the most hygienic, Strongest hives when making a split. We use mostly screened bottom boards with diatomaceous earth, but have found that no more effective then a traditional bottom board in HI
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
This is continual process, through bottom board monitoring and drone brood. As we are treatment free, we work our hives very often for pest management.
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)? *
There is no effective treatment for AFB lawful in Hawaii. Burning hives is the only acceptable treatment. We toothpick string test brood, monitor odors, and do NOT move our hives into commercial apiary zones, to nectar flows ect to limit exposure.
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
We do not feed sugar, which can contribute to nosema. We scourge the most hygienic charectoristics in colony selection. We do not treat our bees, which can weaken them.
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? *
SHB are bad in Hawaii, a new arrival. They along with varroa killed 50% of our islands bees about 6 years back. We use some screen bottom boards, but mostly try to limit the amount of pollen stored, which attracts SHB, reduce entrances and inspect all hives at LEAST every 3 days for SHB. This is also necessary because our bees build all their own comb and it needs to be managed & monitored so as to not get out of control
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
We only have mice, and they are not a threat in the least to colonies here. That said to exclude mice, we have used meshwire over entrance to exclude mice.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
We never do large harvests, so as not to stress bees. Bees raise their own queens, suitable to our environment. We do not use excluders. We stimulate hives before and after harvest and inspections by rearranging combs, we nadir our hives, we cut and cull all frames, no extractors, bees constantly build their own comb. We never use wax foundation. We use no plastic. We do not paint hives. We don't feed or treat hives.

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") *
Alison Yahnna Jacob Strong Jesse galagolas Sarah Christman Laryssa wasniak


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. *
Ryan Williamson
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. *
Ryan williamson
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. *
Ryan williamson
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. *
Ryan williamson
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
We train natural beekeepers. People tell us all the time we can't do what we are doing because it takes to long. or you have to treat, or natural queens are inferior, wax building takes too long.... We prove them wrong every day- with near 15 years experience in raising honeybees. We are always learning, and open to listening to the bees.