Apiary

Under the Sun Honey & Grace Apiaries

Owner: Michael Piatek

Address:
640 Geer Rd
Arcade, NY 14009
County

Mailing Address:
247 Park St
Arcad3, NY 14009

daytime phone: (716) 220-4698
Web site: http://www.underthesunhoney.com

Application Date: 2021-12-15

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
Our values and practices are aligned with the program and we recognize that there is value to be added with honey as a product by the certification.
Is the land on which your apiary sits currently certified (by CNG or another organization)? *
no
Has the land on which your apiary sits ever been Certified in the past? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Internet search
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).
Health food stores and grocery stores throughout New York State, particularly in NYC.
How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
500-700
For how long have you been keeping bees? What has prepared you to do this successfully according to CNG standards? *
I've been a beekeeper for 13 years. From the beginning, our practices have been organic and natural. We rely upon breeding/genetics and steady work maintain a healthy apiary.
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? *
yes

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. *
We have beeyards in multiple locations- around 20. Our home base is 632 Geer Rd. Arcade, NY 14009
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
Our region is heavily wooded with wildflower fields in abundance. There is minimal farming (dairy) in the area.
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.) *
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
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
We primarily try to educate our neighbors about the importance of leaving wild spaces for pollinators and not using chemical treatments for weeds. We also petition local and state government to allow nectar and pollen producing flora to be left alone to flourish.
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? *
no

Hive Construction, Components, and Brood Comb Removal

Do your hives have any paint or chemical treatment on the interior surface of the hive? *
no
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? *
yes
Please briefly describe your brood comb removal practices to date, and your plans for the coming seasons. *
We label our frames and remove old combs, scrape them down, pressure wash them, and re-wax them for future use.

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)? *
no
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?
no

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 rely on a strong queen rearing/nucleus colony program every year. We focus on making nucleus colonies to be moved into honey production
Do you sometimes feed the bees when honey supers are on the hive, or within two weeks before honey super addition? *
no
If and when your bees require supplemental feeding, what do you feed them? Please be specific and include all ingredients. *
We make pollen substitute: honey, dry pollen, sugar syrup, essential oils.

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
Oxolic acid, Thymol
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
Alcohol mite wash treatments
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.) *
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? *
yes
American and European Foulbrood
How do you prevent and treat American Foulbrood (AFB) and European Foulbrood (EFB)? *
We monitor brood nests for disease. If AFB is found, we destroy the colony according to accepted standards, i.e. burning.
Nosema
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
We don't treat for Nosema.
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? *
Issues like chalkbrood can be addressed by re-queening; small hive beetles aren't an issue in our region; wax moths are best managed by keeping equipment in rotation with bees on them.
Pests
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
We keep solar panel fence around bees for bear protection.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
Nucleus colony production!

Colonies Engaged in Pollination Services

Are your colonies engaged in pollination by contract? *
no

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. *
yes
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".) *
Western New York Honey Producers Association
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

Agreements

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. *
Michael Piatek
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. *
Michael Piatek
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. *
MIchael Piatek
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. *
MIchael Piatek
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