Willswood ApiariesOwner: Ruth Wills
W2551 County Road I
La Crosse, WI 54601
La crosse County
daytime phone: (608) 786-3887
evening phone: (608) 786-3887
Application Date: 2017-11-21
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- To let people know we have a natural honey product and that we use natural practices to keep our bees chemical free.
- 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? *
- Found it on the web.
- 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).
- Farmers market and home sales
- How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
- 15 -20
- For how long have you been keeping bees? What has prepared you to do this successfully according to CNG standards? *
- 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. *
- W2551 County Road I LaCrosse, WI
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- Dead end valley with rolling hills. We own 60 arces and plant wild flowers and clover, tree buds and our garden of mixed vegetables plants and flower gardens. Natural nectar from native flowers and weeds
- 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. *
- We plant Four kinds of clover only for the bees to use. We do not farm or put chemicals on the land. We plant a wild flower pollinators mix for bees, butterflies etc.
- 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 tatoo the brood frames with a code number so we know when and how long the frames can be used and replace accordingly.
- 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 try very hard to have our bees survive from year to year and split the hives if possible in the spring. We also replace by buying our bees from a beekeeper that raises bees naturally.
- 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. *
- 100% pure cane sugar, honey B healthy( sucrose, water,spearmint oil, lemongrass and lecithin); homemade pollen patties of collected pollen , cane sugar, honey B Healthy and honey.
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- We monitor our bees weekly for mites and have in the past treated for mites by using MiteAway quick strips and hop guard.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- Powdered sugar dust spring and fall
- 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)? *
- Never had a case in the eight years of bee keeping. If we encountered AFB or EFB we would destroy the hives by burning and killing the bees in a humane way by soapy water.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- Never had we montior our bees for health and would treat accordingly
- 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? *
- We monitor our bees weekly and would treat accordingly if any disease would occur. We have not had any other diseases to treat in the past so I cant tell you what we used because we haven't used anything. If in the future we need to treat something I would look in the apiary standards to learn what is permissible to use.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- Fenced in bee yard, mouse guards.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- Hives off the ground, monitored weekly during summer months, hives in direct sunlight and protection from wind and snow in the winter
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".) *
- La crosse Area Beekeepers
- 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") *
- See above
- 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. *
- Ruth Wills
- 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. *
- Ruth Wills
- 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 an annual inspection of my/our apiary, to be carried out by a qualified inspector as outlined in CNG informational materials. *
- Ruth Wills
- 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. *
- Ruth Wills
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