Sweet Life FarmsOwner: James Sword
347 James Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
daytime phone: (606) 434-0521
evening phone: (606) 434-0521
Application Date: 2020-05-08
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- Because we want to market our products as the healthiest products available
- 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 micro greens farmer
- 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).
- They can buy directly from us as well. We have our info on our fb page so that people may call or message us.
- 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. *
- 1 apiary located at our farm. 347 James Street, Pikeville, KY 41501
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- Our apiary is on a knoll on the back of our property away from guest. We live out in the country with few neighbors and have few wild flowers. Mostly trees and our bees make the best honey. We are known for our unique honey.
- 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? *
- Completely organic. We are the first people to live on this property. We built this home, on top of a mountain and nothing has ever been used on this property.
- Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
- We keep their grass cut in front of their hives. We use landscape fabric for weed control in the apiary. We have a natural, small stream beside the apiary.
- 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. *
- Our hives are now 2 years old and we inspect and replace frames and equipment as needed.
- 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? *
- We do splits in the spring.
- 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. *
- We feed them sugar water that has been supplemented with an all natural, non GMO, Honey B Healthy.
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- We treat our hives 1 x a yr in the fall with OA.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- hive inspection.
- 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)? *
- We do not have that in our area.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- We do visual inspection for symptoms during maintenance checks and as of yet, have never had to treat any of our bees.
- 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? *
- We treat hive beetles with the oil resivoirs. Wax moths, we have had only 1 and we throw the frames away and treat the inside of the boxes with a torch and flame.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- We have an electric fence and we use entrance reducers when needed.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- We try to make sure that the grounds are clear in front of the hives and we keep the ground wild flowers growing as long as possible. we keep the apiary clear of trees and large weeds. We replace hive parts as needed. We have a pollen feeder and we keep a close eye on queen production to insure strong hives, as much as possible.
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".) *
- Pike Co Bee Keepers Association
- 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") *
- not an informal network
- 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. *
- yes we will
- 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. *
- 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. *
- 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. *
- You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
- We do everything we can to raise and produce healthy products. My wife is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and we promote a healthy lifestyle. We us all organic when possible and plan to continue with that practice. Organic products are very important to us.