Apiary Application

EM+EM Honey Farm and Pollination Services

Owner: michael murphy

7115 west bleck road
Michigan City, IN 46360
In County

daytime phone: (219) 561-3766
evening phone: (219) 879-4082

Application Date: 2020-03-04

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
To insure my customers that im doing my best to insure that they are getting a naturally grown product and that there is standards that im adhering to to make sure that it happens
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? *
from a beekeeper 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).
door village fall feast
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. *
7115 west bleck road Michigan city In 46360
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
I learned in Michiana beekeepers association that 80% of nectar that bees accumulate are from trees. The apiary is surrounded by a large amount of trees and quite neighborhood
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. *
I plant a large amount of flowers
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 have the year dates on the frame themselves and remove the frames that are five years old and clean them off

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 rely mostly on survivor colonies but at times purchase new bees
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. *
in the winter I feed sugar bricks 5lb of sugar one table spoon of white vinigar

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
to treat the varroa mite population through out the year the bees can stay ahead of the varroa mite in the fall of the year when the laying of bees slows down I strip off all honey supers and treat the hives with acyclic acid vapor once a week for three weeks to insure that there is a good kill on the mite before the winter months
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
alcohol wash twice a year in the spring and in the fall of the year
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 have never had EFB but if I did I would burn all hard ware. AFB will show up if the hive is very weak if I find it I will pull all the frames that it shows up on and put them in a plastic bag set them in the freezer over night and clean them off with diluted bleach mixture and put them out of service for a year
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
use honey bee healthy in the sugar bricks when making them seem to work pretty well
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? *
wax moths if I see them on a frame I will set the frame in the freezer over night and clean it off and put it out of service. small hive beetles have almost went away now that I have elevated the hives. chalkbrood if I come across it I will put if over night In the freezer and clean the frame and put it out of service
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
in the winter when mice want to move in I put nails in the entrance so that the space between the nails are just less then 1/2 inch to keep out the mice. if I have a problem with skunks and possums and such I will put down aboard with nails sticking through it so when they walk on it it will stick they in there feet
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
make sure they have plenty of room inside of the hive so they don't swarm

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".) *
Michiana beekeepers assocation
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") *
Rich Buzalski Mike Ross


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 murphy
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 murphy
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. *
mike murphy
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 murphy
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