Black Dog Bees & Maple Trees, LLCOwner: Jennifer & Jason Mercer-Weale
4 Woodland Rd
Lebanon, NH 03766
daytime phone: (603) 678-8149
evening phone: (603) 678-8149
Web site: http://Www.blackdogbeesandmapletrees.com
Application Date: 2021-01-17
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- We keep bees and use both cultural and natural means of mite treatment. It’s impossible to obtain organic certification for bees.
- 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? *
- Mother Earth News
- 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).
- Direct to consumer/retail.
- 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 Woodland Rd, Lebanon NH
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- Clearing in center of hardwood forest. Nectar sources include maple flowers, spring flowers such as dandelions, fruit trees, shrubs, and then fall flowers such as goldenrod and knotweed.
- 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. *
- Planting of flowers specific to nectar production during dearth. Keep lawn natural and allow dandelions to bloom.
- 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 use 8-frame langstroth hives, 2 deep. I replace 3-4 frames per year.
- 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? *
- A combination of the above. I rely on survivor stock, splits, swarm catching, and installing new packages or nucs. This year will be a combination of this winter’s survivor stock and the addition of Russian (mite resistant) stock.
- 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. *
- Sugar syrup or dry sugar. Honey. Pollen patties or pollen substitute.
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- Drone brood removal, resistant stock, regular mite counts, and treatment if indicated by count. Treatment is either formic or oxalic acid.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- Alcohol wash monthly
- 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)? *
- Biosecurity measures, sterilization of tools, equipment. No outside equipment.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- Moisture management. Keep hive in sunny, warm location.
- 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 are prevented by careful management of equipment. Small hive beetles can be trapped with organic cooking oil. Moisture and temperature management are key to keeping hives healthy. I also don’t acquire any used equipment. I sterilize equipment with a torch after dead-outs before next use.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- Electric fence, cargo straps, “red-eye” flashing lights, mouse/shrew guards.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- Leave plenty of honey for winter.
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") *
- Vermont Beekeeping. White Mt. Apiary.
- 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: