Happy Sams Acres Farm LLCOwner: Volodymyr Pankiv
12 Bigelow Rd
New Fairfield, CT 06812
New fairfield County
daytime phone: (203) 312-1163
evening phone: (646) 369-5577
Application Date: 2019-10-11
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- I want to Populate naturally and commit to organic principles. I also want a certification that uses natural methods to produce food for my local community.
- 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? *
- on-line and from my friend
- 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).
- 12 Bigelow Rd , New Fairfield CT 06812
- 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. *
- Bigelow Rd, New Fairfield CT
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- Apiary located on the farm ( Happy Sams Acres Farm ) . Spring maples, tulip poplars, dandelion, clovers , fruit trees. Fresh natural spring water on the property as well.
- 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. *
- Planting bees friendly flowers and trees .
- 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. *
- All my frames marked with different colors ( depend on what year I start use them ) . For this year I using green color to mark all my frames .I still using some frames from previous years witch I marked in white/yellow colors. I will properly dispose frames after using them for 5 years or less.
- 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? *
- If purchasing bees packages ( if I need it ) from well known supplier in the early spring . Also I split my hives in the late spring and summer to grow my apiary .
- 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 and pollen patties in the early spring and late fall before winterizing hives.
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- Mites count ( powder sugar shake method ) . I also using small cell plastic frames to control and keep mites population on the law level.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- I apply seasonally-adjusted treatment ( oxalic acid vaporizer in late fall) thresholds to keep the mites at acceptable levels. I have used Formic Pro but not satisfied with results so may not use again. I monitor in early spring, after the spring honey flow, at the time of the honey harvest and again in the autumn.
- 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)? *
- By keeping strong and queen right colonies .
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- Maintain large colonies going into winter.Combine small colonies with larger ones as long as they are all healthy.Provide good ventilation so hives stay dry inside.Ensure that colonies have adequate supplies of both honey and pollen going into winter.Keep hives in a sunny winter location to encourage cleansing flights.Treat for Varroa mites.
- 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? *
- No diseases was discovered on my apiary at this time or in the past. I using ventilated floor in my hives to help reduce both humidity and condensation witch can be cause of Chalkbrood disease.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- I'm using a Mouse Guard on my hives.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- I'm using small cell plastic frames to control and keep mites population on the law level. Keeping my hives above ground approximately 12-16 inches high .
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") *
- Pawel Goursky , Antony Sigut
- 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. *
- Volodymyr Pankiv
- 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. *
- Volodymyr Pankiv
- 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. *
- Volodymyr Pankiv
- 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. *
- Volodymyr Pankiv
- You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
- I'm using horse manure from local farm to help with grooving vegetables and fruits at may farm. I do not use any chemicals at my farm .