Dances With Bees

Owner: Jay Parsons

680 Rocky Ridge Trl
Cornelia, GA 30531
Habersham County

daytime phone: (404) 379-7621
Web site: http://www.danceswithbees.com/

Application Date: 2012-02-05

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
We use organic practices, but can not be organically certified based on acre and distance factors.
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? *
We discussed this with Jennifer Berry.
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).
We sell at various weekend shows, by word of mouth and from our website - http://www.danceswithbees.com/
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. *
Norcross, GA and Cornelia, GA
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
Habersham has woodland based nectar sources that are primarily Poplar and Sourwood. The Norcross apiary has a mixed suburb-ornamental, wildflower, and woodland base for nectar.
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? *
We don't use any synthetic chemicals anywhere at all. We actually formulate any fertilizer from organic sources. One source is our worm colony which recycles our vegatable waste into rich compost for planting garden or landscape uses.
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
We plant a variety of flowering plants that enhance the available nectar and pollen for the bees.
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 a 3 year old numbering system in progress that identifies the age of each frame. Frames are periodically removed and replaced in less than 5 years. I plan to keep up the rotation of frames so that frames are closer to a 3 year age exit limit in rotation.

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 maintain hives through natural supercedure as well as induced; requeen from my own raised queens; make splits; collect swarms; and keep feral colonies that I remove from structures.
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. *
Supplimental feeding consists of cane sugar syrup with a bee tea added. The bee tea is all organic herbal based.

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
I use imposed breaks in the brood cycle, sugar dusting, drone-comb capture, and Api-Life var wafers as necessary.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
I use screen bottom boards with a removable sticking board. This is done once in the Spring, start and end of Summer, and again in the Fall.
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 trust that my methods are very good, as I have not experienced this. If I did I would have to dispose of the infected hardware. I would not use "treatments".
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
I rely on using the bee-tea additions to sugar syrup supplimental feeding.
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? *
I dispatch any wax moths or beetles that I see. I occasionally use AJBeetleEater oil traps for the beetles.
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
I employ an electric fence for the apiary in Cornelia, GA. I don't have in place a preventive for the other creatures.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
I use clean and soundly built hive boxes and hardware which are maintained well and replaced when needed. I place my hives in bee-suitable locations, as well as in places not to become a "conspicuous nuisance".

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".) *
MetroAtlanta Beekeepers 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") *
see above


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, absolutely
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. *
Yes, definitely
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. *
Yes, no problem
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
Seems like everything has been covered. Thanks!