Pine Ridge Apiaries LLC

Owner: Wade Anderson

1120 Cottonwood Rd
Crawford, NE 69339
Sioux County

daytime phone: (308) 665-5445
Web site: http://www.pineridgeapiaries.com

Application Date: 2016-04-27

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
I am a producing natural honey in a sustainable manner and would like the certification for marketing purposes and recognition. Also would like help and guidance in this process and belong to a group who is promoting natural food 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? *
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).
Natural Food COOP, Chadron, NE Bean Broker Coffee House, Chadron , NE
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. *
1120 cottonwood road is the ranch address. I have 2 apiary locations a short distance from the HQ. maps are avail
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
Native prairie and forestlands. nectar sources are wildflowers, shrubs, and 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, we don't farm and don't use chemicals except for spot treatment of some small patches of invasive weeds that are required by law to be sprayed. we spot spray individual plants before flowering
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
we are planting old cropland on leased land back to native grass and wildflowers. we graze and raise cattle in a sustainable manner, no overgrazing etc. I am a certified professional in rangeland management. Our forest is a certified sustainable forest by tree farmer and we have a forest mgt plan.
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 label the frames with the year I put them into service. Though Im not convinced that I need to replace my brood comb frames so often like 5 years as the land where the bees forage from is natural. I am open to suggestions but think 10 to 15 years is probably ok.

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)? *
Will you ensure that, through brood comb replacement or operation expansion, no more than 40% of the exposed comb will be present in the apiaries to be certified, AND that the exposed comb that remains will be marked and removed from your apiary within two years? Your apiary will have transitional status until all exposed comb is replaced. *
Please indicate the month and year when you expect you will have replaced all marked brood comb (the comb that was purchased from another beekeeper, treated with Tylan, and/or exposed to three or more more treatments of fluvalinate or amitraz)? *
july 2016
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? *
This is my third season. I use survivors, local swarm trapping, and I buy Russian and Minnesota Hygenic queens to make splits etc. This year I will graft off Russian queens that are doing well. I do not want to buy any more bees and expand with what I have, if possible.
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 try to leave plenty of honey for the bees until spring. I only feed in an emergency or with creating nucs/splits, or queen rearing etc... I feed a granulated sugar water syrup. mix it myself.

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
using screened bb and drone trapping in a ipm approach. varroa problems noted I will treat with oxalic acid vapor in fall when mostly or all broodless. I have been splitting all my hives and will continue to do so.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
I look at drone brood when working hives at least 3 times a year. if I notice mites I will note to treat that hive. I need and will begin to do the sugar shake method to monitor populations at least once per year, in late summer.
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 not seen it. I don't use old equipment and I only purchased nucs from a local beekeeper I know.
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
I have good sunny apiary locations and well ventilated hives. I don't treat it.
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 have not had any problems with these. I have many books and can rely on a local beekeeper for help if I encounter these problems. our location is not located near any other apiaries no other beekeepers around that I know of.
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
mouse guards in the winter, I have secure locations and the hives strapped down most of the time. have not had any problems yet.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
I monitor them for overall health often, they have plenty of food sources, and I leave a lot of honey for them. honey production is second to hive health. I use all new equipment and frames. I don't use syn chemicals, only oxalic acid and try to mess with the bees as little as possible, though I am learning and need experience. My goal is to develop a local queen stock of winter hardiness and varroa resistance. So some hives will die while others will be used to proceed.

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") *
local beekeeper wayne gibbons , has over 1000 hives and many years experience I am also in touch with members of the Nebraska beekeeping assoc and call upon them with questions. been to beekeeprs workshop from the university of Nebraska and have contact details my friend who works as a beekeeper for a large company in new zealand


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. *
wade anderson
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. *
wade anderson
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. *
wade anderson
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. *
wade anderson
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
our area produces some great honey! pretty unique I think