Lake Effect HoneyOwner: Amy and Mike Colgan
364 Center Road
Pennellville, NY 13132
daytime phone: (315) 945-9006
evening phone: (315) 945-9006
Web site: http://www.LakeEffectHoney.com
Application Date: 2017-01-01
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- We believe in organic principles. We grow our own food with these principles, and when we purcase any food we only buy organically produced foods. We manage our apiary using organic principles. Our honey customers continue to ask important questions about the management of our hives. It continues to be a challenge to keep toxic chemicals our of our lives and food, but it is worth it- our health and the health of our planet depends on it.
- 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? *
- I read about in a producer magazine.
- 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 our honey at the Fulton Farmer's Market, Schuler's Heritage Farm carries our honey produced from our hives on their farm, Tailwater Lodge and Restaurant in Altmar, Hotel Skyler in Syracuse. Give us a call for pick up at our location.
- 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. *
- A. Center Road- Pennellville B. Red Schoolhouse Road in Palermo C. CR 10 in Hannibal
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- A. Farm with fields of clover, empty fields that are no longer farmed with an abundance of golden rod and fall flowers and basswood. Natural water sources nearby. B. Rural location with largely treed areas and fields of wild flowers. Natural water sources on property. C. Organically managed farm with free range chickens, cows and pigs. Over-grown fields of wild flowers and natural water source.
- 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 agree, and already adhere to this list. We also raise our own food on this land and don't want chemicals on our food.
- Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
- We make sure our hives have water available near by. We place our hives on good quality "clean" forage so we can try to keep plenty of quality non-chemically treated forage close to the hives. Hopefully this may discourge them from traveling to "un-clean" forage.
- 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. *
- We rotate out dark comb in the spring usually, when going through hives. We have also removed comb that is dark (especially from purchased nucs) when ever we come across it by moving it towards the outside until we find it empty. Starting in 2017 we will label our frames with the year, to make this process fool proof.
- 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 have taken a course in grafting, so we make our own queens. We split our hives and add a queen from our survivor colonies. This will hopefully be our first year of purchasing no nucs. We also actively attempt to acquire feral bees. We are purchasing some queens and queen cells this year with the Purdue "ankle biter" genetics.
- 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. *
- We will give new splits frames of pollen/ honey. If we have nothing available we may resort to syrup if we want them to draw new comb. We had a dearth this year and fed pollen substitute. When we over winter, if stores look questionable we will leave them a piece of candy board and a half pollen patty.
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- Splits. Mite counts. Treatment if needed with Mite Away Quick strips or Oxalic Acid dribble or vapor.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- Usually alcohol wash. I'm going to use sugar rolls more this year, as I am going to raise more nucs and want to conserve the population. We wash in spring, summer and fall. Also when ever a hive appears to be in question. With the purchase of the "ankle biter" genetics, our group has agreed to run screened bottom boards and utilize disection microscopes to check the dead mites for evidence of the hygenic traits we wish to breed for.
- 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)? *
- We try to prevent this with good nutrition, dry hives, and a general non- stressful environment. We do not believe in attempting to prevent disease with antibiotics as some beekeepers do. We have not had this in our apiaries thus far. Our plan is to use a quick test, take a sample for Beltsville, then immediately burn any AFB hive(s). EFB bees will be shook and put on clean comb. Old frames burned.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- We feed honey bee probiotics in fall when we wrap our hives. We do the same in the spring when we first work the hives. By doing this we believe it helps keep the bees' gut bacteria in the best possible condition.
- 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? *
- We have had very little chalk brood. No significant wax moth or small hive beetle problem when hives remain strong. A weak hive can be over run with wax moths in our location. We have an extremely small amount of hive beetles in our climate. I do crush them with my hive tool when I see them. I think the answer to most problems is to keep hives strong via good nutrition, dry hives, and survivor stock. We have had little problem with viral diseases, and I think that is because we keep the varroa counts low.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- Hives are at least 18" off ground. Mice guards are utilized. Depending on location, we use electric fence around hives.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- Dry locations, keep away from other questionable beekeepers, and over monitor the varroa.
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".) *
- Syracuse Area Beekeepers (many different methods used) Informal Oswego County Beekeepers group (many different methods used) NY Bee Wellness Various Online groups Informal contact with other beekeepers
- 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. *
- Amy Colgan
- 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. *
- Amy Colgan
- 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. *
- Amy Colgan
- 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. *
- Amy Colgan
- You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
- We remain committed to managing our land and hives with sustainable practices with the use of no chemicals or antibiotics.