Owner: Ed Kennedy

Lakewood, CO

daytime phone: (303) 472-9732
evening phone: (303) 472-9732

Application Date: 2021-05-18

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
We are a private family farm that is commited to doing everything as naturally as we can. We are proud of our efforts to manage our property and all of its many facets in accordance with the Certified naturally Grown standards and operating methods. We implemented these goals and methods before we even knew the CNG program existed. You can only imagine our excitement to find an organization so closely alighned.
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? *
Throught Cathrine Webster of The Peoples Bees, a CNG Certified Apiary in Denver Colorado.
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).
Currently, the honey we produce is not for retail sale. Our bees are pollenators first, producers second.
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. *
We have an 11 acre urban farm zoned agriculturally in Lakewood Colorado, surrounded by large residential propertieson 2 sides, and a 70 acre irrigation lake on the others.
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
Our private farm has fruit treees, berries, brambles, vegetables, naturalized grasses, and cover crops. We have a large apiary, with several natural water sources. It is in the trees, under dappled sunlight, with “cordwood” windscreens on the North Side. There are plantings of Wild Flowers, Fungi, Rhubarb and native grasses arround the immediate perimiter. The apiary is has a wood chip floor with a viewing area and nature path for easy access. Our hives are all ellevated and all scrapings and “waste” from inspections is cleared and disposed of or repourposed outside of the apiary. It is a magical space.
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, I whole heartedly agree.
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
Extensive covercropping. Wild flower plantings. Flowering fruit trees. Naturally pollenating trees. Flowering orchard ground covers (clovers). Mechanical weed management. Natural Biological insect control. Natural soil amendments and fertility program. Conservative mowing practices during heavy bloom times. I could go on....
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 date, lable and rotate all of our woodenware to assure that we maintain the highest level of purity. We destroy old equipment, comb, and any possible contaminated product by fire. We sterilize our hivetools by heat inbetween inspections or after use at other apiarys. Internal bee feeders are cleard of drowned bees weekly, thouroughly emptyed and cleaned every 2 weeks.

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)? *
Will you ensure that, through brood comb replacement or operation expansion, no more than 40% of the exposed comb will be present in the apiaries to be certified, AND that the exposed comb that remains will be marked and removed from your apiary within two years? Your apiary will have transitional status until all exposed comb is replaced. *
Please indicate the month and year when you expect you will have replaced all marked brood comb (the comb that was purchased from another beekeeper, treated with Tylan, and/or exposed to three or more more treatments of fluvalinate or amitraz)? *
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? *
All of the above. Currently we have a swarm trap set on a feral hive, installed a nuc, and almost caught a swarm. We are committed to keeping bees in all of thier many forms, and to allowing them to have the space and the resourses they need to not just survive, but to thrive.
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. *
1:1 Sugar (pure cane) water in early Spring with the “hiveAlive” feed enhancer. 2:1 Sugar (pure cane) water in late Fall or severe drought with the “hiveAlive” feed enhancer.

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
Limited Thymol. Limited OX drip. Rhubarb and Thyme plantings.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
Screened bottom boards. Regular Alchohol Roll. Regular inspections. Starting Mid-Spring through Late Fall.
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 have not had it. We would seek the mildest, natural, and most effective treatment options from like minded beekeepers and associations.
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
We have not had it. We would seek the mildest, natural, and most effective treatment options from like minded beekeepers and associations.
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 not had it. We would seek the mildest, natural, and most effective treatment options from like minded beekeepers and associations.
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
We use secured entrance reducers and mouse guards. Our hives are elevated to expose tender belllys. We have electric fencing should we need it, but in our urban environment, that is less likely.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
We have intentional plantings of pollenators, fungi, and forbes on the outskirts of the apiry. We built Cordwood windscreens from standing dead and partially decaying wood to disperse winds and provide biodiversity. We installed weed barrier and a 4” layer of natural wood chips as a base layer to reduce weeds, ants, and help maintain moisture levels. We do not over inspect. We built the apiary outside of pedestrian and equipment traffic patterns. We have posted signs encouraging observation while promoting safety and respect. We installed wind chimes to encourage a level of calm and peace to those who interact with the hives.

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".) *
Jefferson County Beekeepers Association. Records maintained on HiveTracks. Assistance from “The Peoples Bees” and Christine Webster
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. *
Ed Kennedy
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. *
Ed Kennedy
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. *
Ed Kennedy
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. *
Ed Kennedy
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
While our farm is not open to the public, we hold ourselves and the products we produce and manage to the highest standard possible. We feed our families and our friends. We are responsible for the management, maintenance, and upkeep of our products and standards. Regulation and commercial viability will only take you so far, passion drives you to a higher standard. Thank you for your time and consideration to the CNG program.