Kelly Homestead ApiaryOwner: Ginger Kelly
167 carpenter hill rd
Charlton, MA 01507
daytime phone: (508) 784-1014
evening phone: (508) 784-1014
Web site: http://kellyhomesteadapiary.com
Application Date: 2020-09-14
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- Because I would like to be third-party verified that I use natural practices in my beekeeping and honey production, without the use of chemicals and treatments. This third party verification will help my customers understand the quality and time we put into our products.
- 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? *
- I can't remember. Google search, probably.
- 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).
- Local pop-up and/or trade fair in Boston and Worcester County.
- 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. *
- 167 Carpenter Hill Road, Charlton, MA, 26 Berry Corner Road, Charlton, MA, 1958 Main Street, Lancaster, MA, and 33 Bass Road, Warwick, MA
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- Fields, farms, woodland and neighborhoods. Nectar sources are wild flowers nearby and garden produce, including fruit bushes and fruit 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? *
- Yes, I agree.
- Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
- I manage our land using organic standards with no synthetic fertilizers, chemicals and treatments of any kind.
- 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. *
- In the fall and winter, I will evaluate the brood comb from my dead-outs and remove the darkest comb and irregular comb and use new foundation in my colonies in the spring. None of my comb is more than 3 years old. I used to mark the comb with dates, but now I simply remove at least 4-5 frames and replace with new foundation in the spring.
- 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 in survivor colonies for propagation and graft new queens and produce splits to repopulate.
- 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. *
- I will feed them a 2:1 solution of sugar water made with Certified Organic Sugar, only.
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- Primarily, I use Russian and Carniolan bees, known for disease and Varroa resistance. I also use brood breaks and drone comb removal for Varroa control.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- I will monitor mites by performing alcohol washes on my larger colonies once every month, during the months of June, July and August.
- 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 AFB or EFB. I would destroy a colony and the equipment if found to have AFB. For EFB, I would probably euthanize the colony.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- We've never had Nosema. Keeping healthy colonies of disease resistant stocks will typically take care of this pathogen.
- 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? *
- The bees take care of chalkbrood themselves. We use a freezer to freeze frames to prevent wax moths. We've never had SHB, but if we did I'd use a piece of microfiber to trap them.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- We use robber screens that generally take care of mice. We use electric fences in our Apiaries that are prone to raccoon or bear attacks.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- I will feed back honey in the fall, if necessary, before I use sugar water. I will unite colonies, rather than trying to prop up small and/or failing colonies in the late summer, early fall. I utilize grafting for queen rearing and splitting to help control Varroa and maintain a strong apiary of bees.
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".) *
- I am the administrator of the Treatment-free Beekeepers group on Facebook (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, the Treatment-free Apiarist of Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA and Troy Hall from Hall Apiaries, in Plainfield, NH.
- 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. *
- 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 an annual inspection of my/our apiary, to be carried out by a qualified inspector 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:
- I can't wait!