Apiary Application

A Different Chick Farm and Orchard

Owner: Tiffany Stanley

Address:
1112 Antioch Rd
Johnson City, TN 37604
Washington County

daytime phone: (423) 534-0340
evening phone: (423) 534-0340
Web site: http://www.adifferentchickfarm.com

Application Date: 2018-07-24

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
I would like all of our farm to be naturally certified. We do not use chemicals and try to use all organic products in all our farming.
Is the land on which your apiary sits currently certified (by CNG or another organization)? *
no
Has the land on which your apiary sits ever been Certified in the past? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
While searching for organic certification
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).
Johnson City Farmers Market On our farm
How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
2
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? *
yes

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. *
1112 Antioch Rd, Johnson City, TN 37604
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
Our apiary is in our top orchard. Nectar sources are from the orchard and garden (apples, peaches, stone fruit, cherries, and garden vegetables and fruit)
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.) *
yes
Do you agree not to use on this land any synthetic materials that are not allowed under the CNG produce or honey programs? *
yes
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
we plant wildflowers everywhere and encourage the growth of clover all over the property. We use our property for growing fruit trees and garden vegetables and fruit.
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? *
no

Hive Construction, Components, and Brood Comb Removal

Do your hives have any paint or chemical treatment on the interior surface of the hive? *
no
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? *
yes
Please briefly describe your brood comb removal practices to date, and your plans for the coming seasons. *
All of my brood comb is only 2 years old currently and we will be implementing the rotation for next season.

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)? *
yes
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. *
yes
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)? *
09/2018
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?
no

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? *
purchase bees if my colonies do not survive from the previous year. We got ours this year from Knoxville honey co , he doesn't use treatments and selects for hive natural resistance.
Do you sometimes feed the bees when honey supers are on the hive, or within two weeks before honey super addition? *
no
If and when your bees require supplemental feeding, what do you feed them? Please be specific and include all ingredients. *
Pure cane sugar, water, sometimes I will add Lemongrass oil, or spearmint oil.

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
I have purchased hives that are supposed to have a natural resistance to varroa, and so far, it has. In the past I will use eucalyptus and spearmint oil to discourage mites and beetles.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
When I do my hive inspections (every 2-3 weeks) I will examine the bees for any mites.
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.) *
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? *
yes
American and European Foulbrood
How do you prevent and treat American Foulbrood (AFB) and European Foulbrood (EFB)? *
I have never treated it and it has never been a problem. When I purchase bees I make sure they are from a reputable source. If I ever had it, it is required in TN to call the Mike Studder so they can come and destroy your hives.
Nosema
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
I don't treat it, I have never had to prevent it.
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? *
I have only had issues with wax moths in colonies that were very weak. The frames that were infested were frozen in a freezer for a week and then stored properly. If I see beetles are a problem I use essential oils (mainly eucalyptus and spearmint)
Pests
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
Hives are off the ground. We are in the city and have never seen a bear. We have cats that eat all the mice. Skunks, possums and raccoons are only interested in our garden, eggs and chickens. We set traps for them and then dispose of them.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
I try not to disturb my hives. When I inspect, I make sure I have fresh eggs in the brood, no moth larvae, beetles and varroa. check honey levels to see if I need to add additional supers and let them be.

Colonies Engaged in Pollination Services

Are your colonies engaged in pollination by contract? *
no

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. *
yes
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".) *
I am part of the Washington co beekeepers assoc which will soon be merged with Appalachian beekeepers assoc. There are very few that follow natural techniques.
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") *
I am not sure who in our group uses natural practices. I know there are a few,just not sure who they are

Agreements

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. *
Tiffany Stanley
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. *
Tiffany Stanley
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. *
Tiffany Stanley
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. *
Tiffany Stanley
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