Demicco's Honey

Owner: Peter Demicco

310 Newark Rd
Landenberg, PA 19350
Chester County

Mailing Address:
310 Newark Road
Landenberg, PA 19350-9395

daytime phone: 19085079992

Application Date: 2022-02-23

General Information

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
I started beekeeping 5 years ago just to learn problems facing the beekeepers and sustainability of honeybees. I quickly got exposed to maintaining colony health with the on-going mite problems using multiple methods of treatments. Years of organic gardening and aversion to chemical pesticides set me on a path to utilize as many natural methods of beekeeping as possible. I learned of the certified naturally grown site last fall and reviewed many of the recommendations and prohibited methods of bee keeping. I have followed most of the recommended procedures and plan to review the "Handbook of Natural Beekeeping" and follow those practices. I want to create a naturally managed self-contained sustainable apiary and hopefully get others to follow my lead.
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? *
Web search for Natural beekeeping methods then learned a local beekeeper Ray Walker was a member
Please check all markets where you sell your honey. *

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Word of mouth from the farm stand and farmer's markets and e-mail pdemicco@comcast.net
How many hives are in your apiary (or apiaries)? *
currently 15 hives on 3 sites
For how long have you been keeping bees? What has prepared you to do this successfully according to CNG standards? *
5-years. I started to learn how to do natural beekeeping reading various articles in contrast to the more "inorganic" methods. My long-standing dislike of chemical pesticides that are over applied and become less effective over time lead to non-sustainable beekeeping, which I want to avoid.
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. *
310 Newark Road Landenberg PA 804 Bradford Land, Newark DE Old School House Road, Elkton, MD
Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
Landenberg location is in a large lot residential area with numerous tree forage and landscaped gardens plus my gardens with numerous bee friendly plantings Bradford Land is in a residential area with smaller 1 acre lots also with numerous tree forage and nearby city park lands Elkton Md site is located on a single lot in the middle of Fair hills recreational area with several hundred open acres of forest and fields for foraging
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, absolutely
Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
I use plantings of both trees, fruit trees and other bee friendly plants
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. *
I have started removal of old comb from my first year at beekeeping which were marked. But did not mark frames after that. I have some idea of which are older versus younger based both on color and source of supply

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)? *
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? *
I rely on survivor colonies and do splits every year to maintain my colonies. Have built up enough survivor colonies to be able to give away a few nucs in the spring of last year. I have incorporated one feral colony last year to the Apiary and have historically purchased VHS hygienic queens or local queens from selected breeders
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. *
Previous years I used commercial fondant to feed bees but learned that it has corn syrup and switched to making my own fondant this winter with just cane sugar and some essential oils. Have not used purchased pollen substitutes to date. Do use top feeders in September of just cane sugar syrup if hives are short of winter stores

Management of Pests and Disease

Varroa Mite
Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
I use oxalic acid vapor treament in the winter, keep open bottom boards, use powdered sugar applications, and use drone removal frames. Generally, try to split all hives annually for a brood break.
How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
Use sugar rolls at interals in the summer, and monitor mite drop on bottom boards after sugar or other 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.) *
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)? *
Just by trying to maintain health colonies and monitor for any signs during regular inspections
How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
To date, nosema has not been and issue and no treatments seem to be required
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? *
SMmll Hive beetles and wax moths have been occasional issues. For small hive beetles I try to locate is high sun and dry soil locations. I use beneficial nematodes every year twice use swiffer sheets for beetle traps. Wax moth are usually picked up in inspections and tratment is by freezing affected frames and apply Bt in adjoining frames
What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
The hies are all elevated a minimum of 18 inches off the ground
Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
Use of Pro Health in Fall sugar feed, and addition of probiotics in summer powdered sugar applications.

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".) *
I belong to the Chester County Beekeeping Association for general education and have an informal network with two CNG beekeepers in DE, Ray Walker and (Joe Csoltko & Christiania Fabris) who I hope to help me with inspections
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") *
Informal network 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. *
Peter Demicco
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. *
Peter Demicco
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. *
Peter Demicco
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. *
Peter Demicco
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