Meeting House Farm & ApiaryOwner: Amanda Welch
1749 Rock Quarry Rd
Louisa, VA 23093
daytime phone: (540) 270-5229
evening phone: (540) 967-1283
Web site: http://www.grubbygirl.com
Application Date: 2016-05-22
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- I have been using natural methods in my apiary for over ten years and want my customers to be assured of the quality of my honey products. I never use chemicals on or around my apiary and am located 2 miles away from conventionally grown agricultural crops.
- 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? *
- At a talk about Natural beekeeping in Charlottesville, VA
- 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).
- Through My website grubbygirl.com and some local shops including For the Love of Local in Louisa, VA and the Virginia Shop in Charlottesville, VA
- How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
- 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. *
- 1749 Rock Quarry Rd, Louisa, VA
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- We have 50 mostly mixed hardwood wooded acres, 8 acres of pasture and about 2 acres of garden and future apple orchard. Our woods include oak, beech, maple, ash, cherry, dogwood, cedar, virginia pine, various viburnums and hollies among other species. Our pastures are clover, wildflower. orchard grass and weeds. We have many native plants in our gardens and plants supportive to pollinator health. We are surrounded by woods and then by pasture (80% woods)
- 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? *
- I agree (I haven't in over ten years) used any of the synthetic products not allowed.
- Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
- We do not use any chemicals in or around our apiary and very few on the farm at all. We are planting an orchard this year (we have 300 home grafted heirloom apples to go in and will plant around them native wildflowers and herbs, particularly: mountain mint, coneflowers, asters, comfrey and cup plant.) Our pastures are "weedy" and we allow the edges to remain wild.
- 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 been systematically removing the older comb and replacing with new wax foundation for the past two years, I probably have a bit left that is older than five years, but not much. I do not have a stringent labeling system to track this, I just do it by the look of the comb (or a blowout in the extractor.)
- 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 usually rely pretty heavily on colony survival, I have bought packages the last couple of years to expand my apiary, and have been starting to do some of my own splits and requeening with cells developped in swarm preparation, and by catching swarms.
- 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 feed only cane sugar and water with honey B healthy added in the spring.
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 screened bottom boards and do a powdered sugar treatment if I see evidence of Varroa mites in a hive.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- Just by looking at the bees during regular hive inspections throughout the year.
- 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)? *
- Apiary and hive cleanliness and strong hives.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- Adding Honey B Healthy to the spring sugar water.
- 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? *
- Hive Beetle: I keep one oil trap in each hive, if I see beetles in the trap, I put one in each level. Disease: I haven't notices any chalkbrood or viral diseases. Wax Moth: I have treated stored comb with bT in the past, or removed and destroyed infested comb. Other than that, I just keep the hives strong.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- Reducing the entry with screening fro mice in the fall. Livestock guardian dogs for bears etc.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- I mostly let the bees be, I feed when they need it, requeen when the queen starts to fade, make sure they have fresh water and a good apiary site away from agricultural pesticides.
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".) *
- Informal, mostly started by me and the classes I have been teaching where I only teach natural methods and discourage the use of any chemicals or plastic in the hives.
- 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") *
- Martha Ledford and Karen Clark (former students)
- 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. *
- Amanda Welch
- 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. *
- Amanda Welch
- 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 at least two annual inspections of my/our apiary, to be carried out by qualified inspectors as outlined in CNG informational materials. *
- Amanda Welch
- 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. *
- Amanda welch
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