BFE HomesteadOwner: Eric Miller
White Oak, GA
Application Date: 2019-06-25
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- To have the recognition that my product is produced with high standards and quality.
- 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? *
- Participated in the establishments of aquaponic standards during the operations of another farm.
- 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).
- Social Media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram
- 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. *
- The location is provided in the application- a personal, rural residence.
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- Located in my backyard on a mound surrounded by pine trees and native blackberry bushes. We have an abundance of different nectar sources such as flora that are indigenous to the area; an orchard and garden that my family tends following CNG Standard practices.
- 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? *
- We refuse to use any synthetic materials.
- Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
- We plant more native flora on the land that has been cleared on our property. We try to supply the bees with as many resources as possible to thrive. We have a pond that is not altered by human hands, & is a water source for not only our livestock but by other wild animals that inhabit our area.
- 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. *
- I plan to remove the wax from my foundationless frames, as needed. This could easily be completed when I perform preplanned splits within my apiary.
- 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? *
- A combination of survival colonies & feral colonies I catch within the area on my property.
- 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. *
- A 1:1 mixture of water and honey collected throughout the year from the hives located on my property or organic certified granulated sugar. Feedings are only conducted in late winter as needed or before supers are added to assist in drawing out comb.
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 vaporizer when the hives are empty of honey.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- Visual inspection, once a month or as needed during winter. Or when the hive displays unusual behavior.
- 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)? *
- I've never had the problem.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- I've never had to deal with this problem.
- 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? *
- Any hives that wax moths are found, are removed from the apiary typically dissolved and equipment is treated with the exposure to sunlight washing and scraping the interior of the hive. If infestations are severe, a propane torch will be used to sanitize the interior of the hive. Small hive beetles are physically crushed when seen and the surrounding soils of the apiary are treated with soil nematodes and top dressed with diatomaceous earth as a preventive measure.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- Two farm dogs that are not interested in hives or bees.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- Registered my farm. Also, notified the county of the apiary and demanded they not to spray within my area for mosquitos.
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") *
- Acquaintance only known by nickname of Neck. Brent Nichols, is my mentor who initially introduced me to beekeeping. Mavrin Griffin, retired beekeeper who gave me his equipment to get started.
- 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. *
- Eric Miller
- 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. *
- Eric Miller
- 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. *
- Eric Miller
- 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. *
- Eric Miller
- You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
- We have the intentions of getting the rest of our farm certified for CNG standard practices in the future for livestock & agriculture.