Good Job Bees! Honey HouseOwner: David M. Davenport
62-2670 Kawaihae Rd.
Kamuela, HI 96743
Web site: http://goodjobbees.com
Application Date: 2018-07-25
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- We are wanting a to give our customers that are outside of a farmers market or personal contact setting, an assurance that the honey we produce and treatment of our bees is done with care and not with harsh chemicals. We can also demonstrate to whoever is interested that there is a set of guidelines and a certificating organization of other farms that we belong to.
- 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? *
- Searching the internet for a good alternative to the expense of "Organic" certification.
- 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).
- Off Island Customers can purchase our honey via email firstname.lastname@example.org or a phone call 808-464-3874. We ship USPS medium flat rate box.
- 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. *
- Big Island of Hawaii. Waimea, North Kohala, Sough Kohala.
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- The landscape here on the Big Island varies greatly. From very wet to extremely dry and arid. Nectar's the bees collect would be, Palm, Kiawe, Ohia-Lehua, citrus as well as other tropical vegetation.
- 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. *
- All of our trees palm, citrus and Kiawe bloom and do well here.
- 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 of my brood frames are less than 5 years old. I will start a marking program as to easily identify which frames need to be cycled out.
- 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? *
- Our honey season in Hawaii is never ending.
- 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. *
- Honey is the best food for the bees and they (the bees) are able to produce it year around.
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- Formic Pro and Oxalic vaporizing
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- white drop boards, look for visual signs, drone brood
- 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 don't buy used equipment or bees form other beekeepers.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- Have never had this problem.
- 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 use beetle trays, haven't had problems with chalk brood, wax moth not a problem but would freeze the box if it was nessary. Checking hives often and keeping hives strong.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- Mice would be our only potential problem, but haven't been to date. Keeping hives strong is a good deterrent.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- Would give a frame or two of brood and eggs if necessary to a hive in the same yard if it was weak or didn't re-queen.
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".) *
- Big Island Beekeepers Association (BIBA) For informal: I work and am friends with another medium sized certified organic beekeeper.
- 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 I was the Production Manager for a medium sized "certified organic" honey company on our island for 2 years. (Just for background info on some of my experience.)
- 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. *
- David M. Davenport
- 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. *
- David M. Davenport
- 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. *
- David M. Davenport
- 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. *
- David M. Davenport
- You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
- We are very conscious of the challenges the bees face in todays world, and are committed to their health and well-being. We strive for excellence in the care of our bees, as well as the honey we harvest and sell. Our company is always taking care to maintain a good reputation with other beekeepers, our landlords, our customers and the public.