Apiary

Promised Land Bee Farm

Owner: Bill Weiss

Address:
105 Recreation Drive
Aiken, SC 29803
Aiken County

daytime phone: (803) 295-7556
Web site: http://promisedlandbeefarm.com

Application Date: 2020-05-28

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
Because my apiary and farm crops use only naturally grown methods and processes, and would like to highlight and market that characteristic of the farm and farm products.
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? *
Through beekeeper conferences.
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).
Soda City Market, Columbia, SC Aiken County Farmers Market, Aiken, SC Promised Land Bee Farm, 105 Recreation Drive, Aiken, SC 29803 Website: www.PromisedLandBeeFarm.com
How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
19
For how long have you been keeping bees? What has prepared you to do this successfully according to CNG standards? *
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. *
Promised Land Bee Farm, 105 Recreation Drive, Aiken, SC 29803
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
Residential community with associated large established native forest and freshwater lakes. Nectar sources: trees, naturally grown plants and herbs, pollinator plants, wildflowers.
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, I agree not to use on this land any synthetic materials that are not allowed under CNG produce or honey programs.
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
Specifically plant pollinator and bee loving plant and tree species to augment natural native species.
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. *
Current practice is at least 20% of brood comb per frame removal per year with complete removal within 5 years. Will continue this practice.

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)? *
no
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? *
I use a combination of practices:: maintain survivor colonies, conduct splits, incorporate any swarms, and occasionally add nucleus hives from reputable supplier (Jennifer Berry, Univ. of GA beekeeping lab manager (to expand apiary with the sources used that producer the nucleus hives to be well known for using only natural and IPM practices and no harmful substances in hive management.
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. *
cane sugar syrup with Honey Bee Healthy, vitamins, and amino acid additives.

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
Mite-Away Strips applied late summer/early fall after temperature falls below 85 deg. F and early spring if needed.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
sticky board: periodically throughout year plus sugar and/or alcohol shake
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)? *
check for any evidence of these during routine maintenance - has not been a problem in our area.
Nosema
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
has not been a problem in our area - no specific methods used.
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? *
Hive beetles are a continuing problem in our area - I use beetle jails, 2 on each hive box with vegetable oil in trap - has worked well for me. Was moths have been a problem only with dying hives - affected frames and hive bodies removed from apiary and taken to public dump.
Pests
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
These animals have not been a pest problem at my location.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
IPM management practices followed as routine order of business.

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".) *
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") *
Vern Jones, Aiken SC Allen Johnson, Williston SC

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. *
Bill Weiss
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. *
Bill Weiss
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 an annual inspection of my/our apiary, to be carried out by a qualified inspector as outlined in CNG informational materials. *
Bill Weiss
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. *
Bill Weiss
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