Thin Place Farm. LLCOwner: Jason Simmons
600 Oak Road
Hammonton, NJ 08037
daytime phone: (609) 713-7272
Web site: http://sites.google.com/view/thinplacefarm/
Application Date: 2019-05-02
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- Bees are the embodiment of the permaculture principle of concentrating limited resources – foraging large territories, and extracting sweet essence from impoverished ecosystems that surround most of us, regardless of climate or location. Bees essentially feed themselves and – through pollination – feed us, other creatures and the soil. With that said, it is important for us to let others know we do not poison our bees.
- 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? *
- We learned about CNG by researching various certifications. We are currently an organic farm (exempt from certification based on farm sales under $5k). However, we are pursing organic certification regardless of our sales volume.
- 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).
- Most of our honey is sold by word of mouth, but we advertise on Facebook Market Place and social media sites. Currently we don't attend farmer's markets but we plan to in the future.
- 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. *
- 600 Oak Road, Hammonton NJ 08037
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- The apiary is located in the north west of the property behind our solar array. This location allows for ample sun and protection from wind. Nectar sources include clover and other wild flowers, various fruit trees, berry bushes, and 5 acres of forest that has various sources.
- 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. *
- We do rotation mowing to allow for longer flowering of ground cover. We plant a huge variety of plants that have bloom at different periods of the year to ensure nectar flow for as long as possible. We do not spray chemicals of any kind on our 9.2 acres and have installed windbreaks/pesticide drift barriers to reduce contamination from neighboring properties.
- 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. *
- We have dated brood frames in our deep chambers so that each year we remove 2 per year.
- 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)? *
- 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? *
- So far we have relied on survivor colonies and purchasing new bees. We now have enough hives and will be using thermal treatment for mites. Our hope is we now have the resources to be self sufficient in making new 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. *
- Organic sugar water
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- Genetic selection, powdered sugar, and thermal treatment with the Mighty Mite Killer.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- Sugar roll as needed.
- 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)? *
- Re-queening the colony and a break in the brood cycle. Moving comb and equipment and disposing of it.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- Currently we work to maintain a sanitary apiary. We do this by keeping frames and equipment separate for each hive.
- 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 not had issues with the items above except small hive beetle. We have some hives with a screen bottom and oil trap underneath. Moving forward the Mighty Mite Killer, thermal treatment, should kill wax moth and hive beetles in the brood chamber. We also use DE at the base of the hives for soil treatment.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- We have Livestock Guardian Dogs on the property and deer fencing.
- 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") *
- Donna Connor, Damon Smith, Susan Lazarchick
- 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. *
- Thin Place 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. *
- Thin Place 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. *
- Thin Place 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. *
- Thin Place Farm
- You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
- Thank you for considering us. We are developing an organic systems plan which we hope to have completed by June 2019.