Iris & Callisto's Apiary

Owner: Christina Fabris

Rodney St
Wilmington, DE 19805
New castle County

Mailing Address:
1527 w 10th st
Wilmington, DE 19806

daytime phone: (302) 588-5547
Web site: http://www.irisandcallistosapiary.com

Application Date: 2016-11-08

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
i believe in the program, doing as much as i can to help the bees and pollination and at the same time trying to 'keep' the bees in a close to nature state without much intervention as possible.
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? *
my mentor and friend bee keeper ray walker
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).
friends and family
How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
2 currently
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. *
6742 limestone rd avondale pa
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
on 60 acres of land, woods, ponds, streams, fields. was a parish family park. now temporarily closed. no chemicals pesticides fungicides etc. neighboring areas are mushroom farms, subdivisions, and farm land. russian olive, clover, dandelion, golden rod, hawthorn berry, walnut, lilly
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.) *
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. *
the frames are labeled with the last two digits of the year and will be replaced every 3-5 years.

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 rely on survivor colonies, split in the spring. spring 2017 plan on introducing some feral colonies
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. *
currently feeding for the first time. using sugar water with essential oils for mite mitigation. 5 c water, 2.5 lbs organic cane sugar, 2 teaspoons of home made HBH ( 5 c water, 2.5 lbs sugar, 1/8 teaspoon sunflower liquid lecithin, 15 drops organic lavender oil, 15 drops organic spearmint oil, 15 drops organic lemongrass oil) plan on preparing sugar cakes for winter emergency feeding ( 10 lb cane sugar 15 ounces water)

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
splitting hives in spring, screened bottom board, screened top cover. spring 2017 gradually switching from foundation frames to foundation less and 8 frames vs 10 frames.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
sticky tack board 3 day tests
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)? *
not currently treated
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
not currently treated
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? *
small hive beetles previously used traps with vegetable oil. currently it is not an issue. visual inspections. no experience with other issues.
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
reducer for the opening to 3/8'' and previously used rat wire at openings. place bricks on lid of hive and do regular inspections of exterior, sticky tack inspections
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
try to be as minimally intrusive as possible, do not disrupt flow, try to leave them ample honey, no pollen or propolis removal, keep sanitary around hives, split hives in spring, will introduce feral bees in 2017

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") *
ray walker and ronnie hazlett


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. *
christina fabris
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. *
christina fabris
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. *
christina fabris
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. *
christina fabris
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
very excited to be cng and also spreading the word and hoping to grow