Apiary Application

Indigo Lavender Farms

Owner: Trish Dennis

613 N Cedar St
Imlay City, MI 48444
Lapeer County

daytime phone: (810) 417-0909
evening phone: (810) 417-0909
Web site: http://indigolavender.com

Application Date: 2019-02-20

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
To participate in the CNG program and market same to customers. We recently applied for certification for our lavender plants.
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? *
Has the land on which your apiary sits ever been Certified in the past? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
USLGA Conference and Kylie Wongrowski!
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).
We sell honey year round - contact us at 8100-417-0909 for pick up in Imlay City, or visit our Farm Store May - Dec. You can also purchase on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/IndigoLavenderFarms
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. *
613 N Cedar St Imlay City MI48444
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
23 acres and 14,000 lavender plants. We also have wetlands running through the property and get indigenous wetland flora, and we have the Belle River on the south and east sides of the farm.
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. *
No pesticides, no clear cutting. We have grass areas throughout the farm and a large swath of wetlands and natural flora.
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. *
Because of deaths of colonies, we have started with new colonies, fresh frames each year to date since we started in 2016.

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 purchase new colonies every year. We are hopeful this year we went into the winter with enough colonies to get a few to survive and then will split in the Spring to attempt to grow our own hardy colonies that can overwinter in MI.
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. *
Sugar Cakes: Cane sugar and distilled water melted into blocks. Syrup: 8 lbs of white cane sugar (do not use brown sugar or other substitute) (double to 16 lbs (32 cups) in Fall)
 1 gal (128 oz) of almost boiling water
 2 cups of brewed organic chamomile tea 4 tablespoons of my honey 1 teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice 8 drops of lemongrass essential oil

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
Oxalic Acid - we use a fogger
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
With mite boards and 3-4 times per arm season
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)? *
Have not encountered it.
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
Have not yet with this group of colonies. Will look into methods allowed under CNG if treatment is necessary.
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? *
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
We have not had any pest problems. Lavender is naturally pest resistant so that may help keep them away. We did once have a deer knock over a hive. We righted them and they survived the summer/fall.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
Access to water, distance from conventional farmers, wetlands and natural flora.

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") *
Carl Rae Frantz We will have to create a second informal partner. In the local area, we have a Nature Center that hosts a Beekeeping Club on 4th Thursdays of the month. It is called Seven Ponds Nature Center. We will cultivate a second keeper to assist us with this program.


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. *
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