Apiary

Nevaeh Seniah, LLC

Owner: Tara Haines

Address:
269 Thompson Rd
La Grange, GA 30240-7910
Troup County

Mailing Address:
137 Commerce Ave. #187
LaGrange, GA 30241-2346

daytime phone: (843) 902-6944
Web site: http://nevaehseniah.com/

Application Date: 2022-02-07

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
I organically raise poultry and wanted to keep my apiary as natural as possible.
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? *
The Troup county extension office in LaGrange, Georgia.
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).
Website and social media sites.
How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
2
For how long have you been keeping bees? What has prepared you to do this successfully according to CNG standards? *
Over one year now. I have been working with two different experienced beekeepers that assisted me with setting up my apiary area, installation of the bees into the hives, maintaining the colonies and to educate me further. I have since become a member of the Troup County Association of Beekeepers in April 2021. I have an extensive library of books that are teaching me on how to maintain strong colonies. I know that being a beekeeper is ever evolving and I am expanding my knowledge by being a beekeeper.
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. *
269 Thompson Road, LaGrange, Georgia
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
They are located within an open tree canopy of a naturally wooded area of my property, opposite the poultry coops. I have Crab Apple trees, Tulip Poplar trees, blueberries, wild flowers, natural stream and an entire farm down the street for the bees.
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, I agree.
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
I have used Diatomaceous Earth, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Essential Oils. I do have Oxalic Acid for any future problems.
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. *
The plan is to remove two frames of the old dark colored wax to be replaced with two new frames with beeswax coated foundations every year. This would be a five year turnaround in each 10 frame hive. Each new frame will be engraved on the wood indicating the number of year with a dash and a number to keep track of the year it was placed and how many each year were replaced.

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? *
I have two very strong colonies and plan on doing some splits to encourage new growth this year.
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. *
My bees are fed white granulated cane sugar mixed with water to a 1:1 ratio. Depending on the time of year, I add a few drops of organic lemongrass essential oil or a small amount of apple cider vinegar as a preservative.

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
I have been blessed so far without having a Varroa Mite encounter. The plan is to split the hives to reduce brood production as it slows down any Varroa Mite production.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
Early spring testing will be done with the Dowda method of powdered sugar dusting. A second test to be done on Flag Day, third test during the first week of August, the last test will be done during the first week of November.
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)? *
Bio-security is the main preventative. Making sure your hive tool, smoker and protective gear is sterilized between hives to help reduce any spread and as prevention. Treating the hive will be a loss of the hive. My method will be to burn the hive after dusk to make sure that no stragglers will spread the disease to the other hives.
Nosema
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
Prevention for me will be a visual inspection of the frames, prevent robbing between the hives, looking for honey bee behavioral changes and at the last resort to have the honey tested at a local lab. If Nosema is found with any of my hives, that hive will be quarantined, A separate set of hive tools will have to be used to avoid any cross-contamination.
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 have only had a few small hive beetles within the hives. With scheduled inspections to secure a strong hive also helps. I have used diatomaceous earth sprinkled on the soil underneath the hives and organic vegetable oil traps inside the hive when first starting out as a new hive.
Pests
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
I have a deer camera set up in front of beehives to find out what predators, round. The only predator that has been near the hives was an owl trying to get into the camera. I have wild deer that walk around and do not have a problem with mice,opossums or raccoons since I have 3 yard cats to take care of these problems naturally.
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
I have a natural spring fed creek that runs through the property and is located about 100 feet in front of the hive. I am constantly adding wildflowers on the property to allow the bees another source of food. I also do not remove any honey too early or in high amounts to weaken the hive.

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".) *
Troup County Association of 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

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. *
Tara L. Haines
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. *
Tara L. Haines
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. *
Tara L. Haines
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. *
Tara L. Haines
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