Bunker Hill FarmOwner: Richard & Jacquie Cleveland
364 Sunpoke Rd.
Rusagonis, NB E3B8X6
daytime phone: (506) 457-8612
evening phone: (506) 357-5959
Web site: http://Bunkerhillfarm.ca
Application Date: 2018-01-21
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- We have had bees for over 30 years, but never part of our certified organic program due to the extensive paperwork involved and the time involved and it still may be not realistic for our small apiary operation with Certified Naturally Grown,but we want to explore it.
- 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? *
- Who was the certifying agency (CCOF, PCO, NOFA, Demeter, etc) and what type of certification did they provide (Organic, Biodynamic)? *
- TCO/ACO in New Brunswick as certified organic....we let it expire in August of 2017
- When was the land certified, and why is it no longer certified? *
- Our land was certified in 2008 through to August of 2017. We decided then that the process was too cumbersome,requiring a mountain of paperwork and costly to boot. Most years we never even received our certificate until the growing season was done! We were extremely reluctant to give it up but it just wasn't a fit for our small operation and really our customers were more concerned about where and how our produce was grown for themselves rather than see a certified organic paper stuck on the wall.
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Searching the web for alternatives to certified organic
- 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).
- Bunkerhillfarm 364 Sunpoke Rd. Rusagonis,N.B. E3B 8X6
- 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. *
- Bunkerhillfarm 364 Sunpoke rd. Rusagonis,N.B. E3b 8X6
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- The apiary is located next to our home surrounded by grain,hay and pasture fields,approximately 60 acres cleared and a 240 acre woodlot.we grow buckwheat and red and white clover as a supplementary source for nectar.
- 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? *
- Our land has been and will be always be managed with CNG standards which are similar to the certified organic standards we have adhered to for the past 9 years.
- Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
- At any one time we normally have at least 5 acres of buckwheat under cultivation for seed harvest and for the past few years up to 10 acres.we use and sell the seed for green manure crops and for weed suppression as well.
- 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. *
- In keeping with the CNG regulations we will start this spring with our Hives. We use double brood chambers (2x 10 frames) in our operation, so with our 3 active hives we will be removing brood comb on 12 frames this year. We have a mixture of wax and plastic foundation, therefore on the wax frames we will replace them with new foundation while scraping and cleaning up the plastic frames. We generally pick up at least one swarm each summer too so we will have an extra single (10 frames) brood chamber ready and 2 frames replaces on it as well. Normally we either sell or give the extra hive away if we are up to our limit of four.
- 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)? *
- May 2019
- 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? *
- a combination of all the above
- 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. *
- In the fall and early spring we feed sugar syrup in a 2:1 ratio for a few weeks depending on the weather and feed conditions.The sugar is standard off the grocery shelf white sugar only.
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- our hives are provincially inspected annually by law.
- 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)? *
- don't have any issues here
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- no issues here as well that we are aware of.
- 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? *
- little to no issues
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- Too close to the house and our dogs to be an issue
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
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") *
- Earle Howland Ben Brennan
- 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: