Fairview Farms Apiary, LLC

Owner: Sam P. Parise

3121 Finch Rd
P.O.Box 256
Fairview, MI 48621
Michigan County

Mailing Address:
1043 Kensington Rd
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

daytime phone: (947) 517-4126
evening phone: (947) 517-4126
Web site: http://www.fairviewfarmsapiary.com

Application Date: 2012-09-12

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
Fairview Farms Apiarys priority is to keep the health and wellbeing of the family in mind by using environmentally friendly methods of operation. We manage our apiary using organic methods providing a safe and trusted source of honey to our customers, family and friends, keeping the honey bees environment as natural as possible. The certified naturally grown program will be an acknowledgment of our commitment of providing a trusted source of honey and providing the opportunity to leverage the experiences of other CNG network beekeepers with the similar goals.
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? *
In the beekeeping community.
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).
To locate Fairview Farms Apiary honey, please visit our web site at www.fairviewfarmsapiary.com. We list all the establishments that carry our honey and you have the option to order on-line. Golden Walsh Nursery Pontiac MI
How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
One Apiary 28 hives
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. *
Fairview Farms Apiary, LLC 3121 Finch Rd, Fairview Michigan 48621
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
Fairview Farms Apiary is nestled in an area of natural wildlife habitat, idle farms, woodlands, meadows and open pasture fields consisting of many nectar and pollen producing foliage. The bloom densities and duration are dependent on weather influences and fluctuate from year to year. The following are important nectar producing foliage in the forage zone 1. Dandelion 2. Basswood (Seasonal) 3. Clover 4. Brown Knapweed 5. Goldenrod The current apiary has the foliage capacity within the forage zone to accommodate 30 – 40 colonies. Colonies are isolated on 120 Acers, placed on high grounds surrounded by trees to provide wind break but allowing plenty of sun.
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. *
The land is all natural habitat consisting of various wild nectar producing plants, 16 acres planted with organic cover and alfalfa and no other activates that would compromise the integrity of the CNG program.
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. *
All frames are marked indicating the year drawn and introduced into the colony. Frames/Combs are randomly monitored at the time of each inspection for any signs of disease or irregularities on brood patterns and replaced at the time of inspection with new frame and foundation. Frames 4-5 years old are removed from production during spring build up and replaced with new frames consisting of foundation.

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? *
We are self sustainable having a high over wintered survival rate. We do purchase Queens from reputable breeders that are used for requeening, splits or to made up nuclis . Survivor nucli are the basis of colony expansion and replacement.
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. *
Supplemental feeding is limited to three situations: 1. Spring feeding of colonies if winter storage is depleted before natural foliage is available to handle high colony growth. Granulated cane sugar syrup and/or pollen is used. 2. Fall feeding of colonies if fall foliage does not supply adequate honey flows to build a winter honey storage that will not support colony through the winter. 3. New nucleus (Colony splits) are fed granulated cane sugar syrup to stimulate growth and to ensure winter survival. No feeding does take place to any honey production colonies outside the above criteria.

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
Suppression of Varroa mite population; 1. Capturing and holding of queens seven to ten day periods to break brood cycles 2. Varroa Mite tolerant breads such as Russian or VSH 3. Essential oil mixture 4. Highly ventilated Hives 5. Placement of Hives to get the maximum direct summer sun.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
Visual inspection of Mite levels are reviewed at each 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)? *
1. Colonies are visually inspected for disease at every inspection. 2. High levels of precautions are taken to prevent any robing or honey/wet suppers being available. 3. Honey suppers are not used for brood rearing. 4. Remove brood combs every five years of service and replace with new foundation. Frames are marked with the year of in-service date and marked for years of service. After five years of service the frame is removed and rendered. 5. Suppers of winter die outs or soaked in bleach solution and dried prior to putting in service. 6. Colonies affected with American Foulbrood are removed from service and all brood combs burned. Suppers are fire scorched and soaked in bleach solutions before putting back in service. 7. Colonies affected with European Foulbrood are re-queened and monitored for improvement. If EFB does not clear up than all frames burned, hive suppers scorched and cleaned in bleach solution. 8. Colonies may be shaken on to new frames with clean foundation and fed granulated cane sugar syrup to stimulate recovery. Strictly monitored with high level of inventory control on suppers.
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
1. Assure good ventilation in overwintered colonies and avoid late fall feeding of liquid syrup. If Nosema is identified, the colony hive supers are washed and put back in service.
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? *
Colonies are visually checked minimally every three weeks throughout the summer season to monitor colony health and conditions. This visual check includes monitoring for all disease and pests. 1. Chalkbrood assure good ventilation, nutrition and young queen. Queens are eliminated if Chalkbrood is highly prevalent in colony and new queen introduced. If low levels of Chalkbrood present in a colony or nucli the symptoms are monitored thoroughly; addition ventilation and proper nutrition are provided if condition warrant. 2. Wax moths - Menthol Crystals used to manage Wax Months when storing supers for extended periods. Remove any abandoned or weak hives from the field immediately. 3. Hive beetles - Monitor for infestation and use traps if necessary.
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
Bears and Small Mammals: The apiary is surrounded by 48in high fence under two strands of barbed wire with solar powered electric fences surrounding the parameter. Mice - Hive entrances are reduced to 3/8in in the fall to limit access to mice.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.

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".) *
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") *
There are no known beekeepers practicing natural methods within 180 miles. We have started communicating with Kelly Vander Kley of Black Strip Apiary, Vincent Ste. Marie of Windy Rock Farm and other CNG beekeerpers and we do consult with beekeepers of Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA) for Organic Beekeeping method support.


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. *
Sam P Parise
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. *
Sam P Parise
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. *
Sam P Parise
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. *
Sam P Parise
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