Ahmic Lake Apiaries

Owner: Mike Webster

4 Old Nippissing RD south
Magnetawan, ON P0A1P0

daytime phone: (705) 380-4661
evening phone: (705) 380-4661
Web site: http://ahmiclakeapiaries.com

Application Date: 2020-02-19

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
I believe in the program and would also like to be certified Organic but far too costly. I fulfill all areas of the requirement to be certified. Being in Northern Ontario we have no pesticide use and I do not believe in poisoning my bees with chemicals. The only thing I have to worry about up here are bears.
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? *
checking into getting certified Organic I cam across your website from OBA
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).
My Farm Website ahmiclakeapiaries.com Huntsville Farmers market Magnetawan farmers market Varigated Diva's Nursery Novar
How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
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? *

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. *
4 old nippissing rd Magnetawan, HWY 11 Novar Ontario, 3567 Old Nippissing Rd Burks Falls, Miller Rd Magnetawan
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
forest open meadows, wildflower and lots of basswood trees
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? *
oh yes
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
nothing let mother nature rule. Oh cut a little grass around the hives to keep ants and mites away
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. *
rotate out on a 2-year cycle half one year so on so on 1/2 apiaries one year the next year the other half then 3rd-year start all over

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)? *
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? *
I have very few winter losses maybe 2%. And I winter around 200 - 250 Nucleus colonies to replace winter losses I have more bees then I no what to do with. I also run a Queen rearing program for my own queens and queens for sale. I have developed my bees over the decades as a hobbyist beekeeper. never use antibiotics and very rarely have to for mites but if I do I use formic acid or oxalic acid.
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. *
2:1 sugar syrup I make. I make my own pollen patties from my own pollen and pollen sub white sugar and honey I only feed in late September if hives are lite and first thing in spring if they are light

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
formic acid and oxalic acid if needed. Do not really have a problem with the varroa usually arond .05% mite load if any last year when the provincial inspection was done I had 2 mites in one hive and 3 in another 100 hives checked. So 5 mites out of 100 samples
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
Twice a month alcohol wash
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)? *
strict burn policy for American foul brood thank god I have never had it but I am fairly isolated and never seen European foul brood
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
Don't I have never had a 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? *
I really don't have issues! Had a little chalkbrood last year so just requeen. and it was so minor I am sure it would have cleared it's self up with some warm weather. No Hive Beetle' strong colonies take care of wax month
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
Great Pyrenees Dogs and electric fence
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
just propper animal husbandry and I give my Queens away to any other beekeepers in my immediate area that want them.

Colonies Engaged in Pollination Services

Are your colonies engaged in pollination by contract? *

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. *
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".) *
Powassen and area beekeepers. And all aren't chemical-free but there are a dozen of us that are.
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") *
Pete Dunnett 30 + years beekeeping experience Kathie Hogan 7 years Experience


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. *
Mike Webster
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. *
Mike Webster
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. *
Mike Webster
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. *
Mike Webster
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
I would be happy to do any inspections with 75km of my house