Hinterhof FarmOwner: Aaron Derr
1575 Orchard Lane
Boyertown, PA 19512
daytime phone: (267) 371-2711
Application Date: 2020-07-14
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- Very interested in supporting any form of farming using natural practices and would like to participate in it myself.
- 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? *
- Online from another beekeeper
- 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).
- Home store or Althouse Arboretum in pottstown
- 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. *
- Boyertown, pottstown, Barto
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- Pottstown is on an organic apple Orchard, Barto is on an organic CSA farm, Boyertown is woods/farm fields. Each yard is a very diverse mix of forage
- 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. *
- On all 3 locations, pollinator friendly cover crops are planted, edges of fields are left to grow wild 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 date all frames with the year they were fully drawn out. I try to switch them out every 3-4 years.
- 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 graft from my best overwintered queens every year and build off of their daughters.
- 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. *
- If I have some leftover honey, I will feed that or else I use granulated sugar.
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- Breeding from queens with low mite population. Removing queens that do not keep the percentage low.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- I monitor mites by alcohol washes every month on hives that are at least 10 frames of brood or more. Any less, I dont think the colony can take the loss of bees. If they have 3% or more, I replace the queen with a new ones and test again in a month. I do this from late May until Sept.
- 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 believe both diseases can be prevented by strong, healthy colonies.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- I am not aware of any form of preventive approach to it. I've always understood it as something that just happens, just like someone getting a stomach bug. I know there are treatments for it but I do not use it. I try to let the bees recover on their own.
- 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 by letting the empty drawn frames sit out in the sun during the active season, I then freeze for 24 hours and then place in a sealed box. SMB is present but a strong colony should keep them in check, I dont really worry about them. Chalkbrood is caused by stress and the only time I've seen it is when a hive was moved but its usually gone within a week or 2.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- Wire mesh over the entrances in winter for nice. I have not had issues with any other pests listed.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- Careful selection when choosing a queen to graft from. Following up with those grafts to be sure they are performing well
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") *
- Michael Schmaeling Jake Brion
- 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. *
- Aaron Derr
- 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. *
- Aaron Derr
- 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. *
- Aaron Derr
- 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. *
- Aaron Derr
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