Dr. Buddy's BeesOwner: Buddy Marterre
Application Date: 2021-06-09
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- I'm the lead author of the Apiary Standards.
- 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? *
- I contacted Alice over a decade ago, and wrote the standards with her.
- 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).
- 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? *
- Since 2003. I'm the lead author of the CNG Apiary 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. *
- 3218 Pennington Lane
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- Suburbia. Holly, Blackberry, Tulip Poplar, Sumac, Ornamentals, Asters
- 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? *
- I agree.
- Use this space to describe any land management practices you use to support the honey bee population. *
- I plant bee-friendly (and butterfly-friendly) plants and trees.
- 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 label every brood frame with the year it is introduced, and cull over 20% per year, having no brood comb older than 5-years-old in my operation.
- 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 rear my own queens every year. I have no beeswax that has ever been purchased in any form (e.g., foundation), which has been exposed to any miticides. Rather, I harvest my own bees' cappings wax during the honey harvest, clean and purify it, and paint it onto bare plastic foundation. I also have the honey bees make honeycomb from no foundation frames.
- 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. *
- Sugar syrup, which I make myself from pure cane sugar and water ONLY.
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 Vaporization on each colony only once per year -- when there is no capped brood within the colony, as I time the OA to my queen rearing.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- I mostly use Sticky Board tests, which I do each and every day following Oxalic Acid Vaporization for at least 5 days in a row. If I am concerned about severe Varroa Mite infestation, I will do a Sugar Roll Test.
- 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.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- I don't, other than keeping healthy, queenright colonies.
- 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? *
- Small Hive Beetles are a nuisance. Thus far, I have never treated for them in any way. If I ever do in the future, I will do so within the CNG guidelines.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- Small entrances in the winter.
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- My beeswax recycling management, as mentioned above.
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".) *
- 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") *
- Keith Arnott Heath Wind
- 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. *
- Buddy Marterre
- 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. *
- Buddy Marterre
- 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. *
- Buddy Marterre
- 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. *
- Buddy Marterre
- You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
- Sorry it took me so long to fill this out!!!!!!!