Apiary Application

Team Freeze Bzzzy Bees

Owner: Bruce Arnold

Address:
73 Beaverdam Ct
Winterville, GA 30683
Oglethorpe County

daytime phone: (706) 224-8840
Web site: http://mrfreezeenterprises.com

Application Date: 2019-04-18

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
We want to do "natural beekeeping" and want to put our hives on organic farms to pollinate their fruits & vegetables
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? *
From one of the farmers where we have recently placed a few of our hives, Cass Fraunfelder (Owner of Finch Creek Farms in Winder, GA)
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).
Customers can call us at (706) 224-8840 to purchase honey or check out our website at mrfreezeenterprises.doodlekit.com
How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
21
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. *
Our home @ 73 Beaverdam Ct.,Winterville, GA 30683 Finch Creek Farms @ 1420 Finch Rd., Winder, GA
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
Our apiaries are located on farm land basically with lots of shrubs and pastures surrounding them. The nectar sources are Pear, clover, honeysuckle, blackberries, poplar, maple, privet and organic vegetables
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, we agree not to use any synthetic materials 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 bee pollinator flowers with large fields of clover. We make sure our neighbors know that we have bees and make sure they let us know if advance if they are going to spray anything on their fileds so we can cover our bees
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. *
Changing position of frams, moving drawn comb to the outside and interleaving frames of foundation; removing brood comb over 4 yrs. old by phasing out process

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)? *
03/2020
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? *
We maintain our bee population one season to the next by a combination of of: relying on survivor colonies, purchase new bees every year, & combine weaker colonies to make a strong colony
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. *
We feed them 2 parts pure cane sugar with 1 part water and add 1 tsp of honey bee healthy

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
We make sure there is proper ventilation in the hives and that they are exposed to 4 - 6 hrs. of sunlight a day and will treat after we pull 1st pollen flow honey off
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
We check our hives once every 2 months to monitor mite population and use lemongrass in the bottom of our hives. We will do either the powdered sugar test or the alcohol test to check for varroa mites before we treat. We didn't do any treatments or checks last year since we just got the bees in April, 2018 but we plan on doing the alcohol wash test before we pull honey and then treating after we pull honey if needed. If we move our hives 3 times to follow the pollen flow, like we are hoping, then we will test each time before we pull the honey and move to the next place.
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)? *
We inspect our hives and remove any dead colonies and make sure we have regular brood comb replacements when needed. If we have infected colonies we will burn all infected brood combs and frames and keep all infected hives sealed and away from our other hives until we can destroy them.
Nosema
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
We make sure our hives have the appropriate supplemental feeding they need by adding honey bee healthy to their sugar water. We keep them well ventilated and make sure they are in sunny spots and kept as dry as possible.
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 had a few small hive beetles and we put hive beetle traps in the hives with vegetable oil in them. We put our frames in the freezer when not using them to keep the wax moths from getting in them
Pests
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
We strap all of our hives down to protect them from bad weather and pests. We also use entrance reducers and have trail camera monitoring
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
We keep clean & manicured apiaries, use small hive beetle traps on a proactive scale, use honey bee healthy & keeps hives in the sun 80% of the time.

Colonies Engaged in Pollination Services

Are your colonies engaged in pollination by contract? *
yes
Are any crops on the land contracted for pollination managed with the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides during time of pollination or for the three months prior? *
no
Do you agree to obtain a signed contract with the crop producer specifying that for the entire time the land is occupied by the bee colonies and for the three months prior, no prohibited pesticides herbicides or fungicides will be used? *
yes
Are any of your colonies moved more than three times per calendar year for purposes of pollination? *
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".) *
Oglethorpe County Bee 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

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. *
Bruce Arnold & Tammy Arnold
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. *
Bruce Arnold & Tammy Arnold
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. *
Bruce Arnold & Tammy Arnold
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. *
Bruce Arnold & Tammy Arnold
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