Apiary Application

Dayempur Farm

Owner: Talib-Mark Fletter

35 Nubbin Ridge Rd.
Anna, IL 62906
Union County

daytime phone: (618) 559-2768
evening phone: (618) 559-2768
Web site: http://dayempurherbals.com

Application Date: 2019-03-10

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
Dayempur Farm is interested in CNG status because it will distinguish a standard that we have practiced for many years. Out natural apiary is treatment free and also free of synthetic feeds. We focus on locally adapted survivor honey bees and minimal human intervention. In addition to providing honey, we also sell nucleus colonies.
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? *
From a friend
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).
For locally adapted treatment free honey bee nucleus colonies, call (618)559.2768. Nuclues colonies are on 5 medium Langstroth frames, foundationless and natural comb.
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. *
Dayempur Farm, Center for Sustainable Living 35 Nubbin Ridge Rd Anna, IL 62906
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
The Dayempur Farm apiary is set on over 100 acres of naturally cared for land. Vegetable crops ion the land are raised through strict natural approaches. The abundant wildflowers and trees present have never seen chemical herbicides or pesticides. Immediate neighbors have hundreds of acres of hay with minimal row cropping nearby.
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. *
Seasonal cover crops used to build soil and support honey bee populations: Crimson clover & buckwheat
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. *
At Dayempur Farm, all of our honey comb is foundationless. We constantly replace old comb throughout the year through practices of culling and selling it in our nucleus colonies.

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? *
Honey bee populations are maintained through collection of locally adapted feral swarms as well as the splitting survivor colonies.
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. *
We do not offer supplemental feed.

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
Since our bees are raised on foundationless natural comb, there is roughly 20% drone comb present in each hive. While drone comb IS NOT removed for varroa management, this setting allows our locally adapted survivor bees a way to manage the parasites in a naturally occurring landscape within the hive.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
We don't.
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)? *
1) We allow our bees a natural setting. 2) Beekeeper observation
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
1) We do not give our bees synthetic feeds... the leading cause of Nosema.
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 have found that the less human intervention, the better. This holds true with small hive beetles too, which we do see. In general, they show up in a weaker hive in any given season. They do not require intervention.
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
Top entrances seem to keep the mice at bay.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
In addition to foundationless natural comb, we let the bees eat the honey that they make.

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".) *
Southern Illinois Beekeeping Association
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. *
Dayempur Farm
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. *
Dayempur Farm
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. *
Dayempur Farm
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. *
Dayempur Farm
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