Gorski ApiaryOwner: Pawel Gorski
South Kent, CT 06785
42 mist hill drive
Brookfield, CT 06804
daytime phone: (646) 354-8304
Application Date: 2019-08-22
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to have your apiary be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- I currently sell hive products such as honey, propolis and beeswax, and I am looking to reach a wider base of natural product aware customers. I keep my bees naturally and therefore my hive products reflect my bee husbandry therefore I can provide natural products to customers. Getting certified would give me a market advantage.
- 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? *
- Organic certified farmer friend.
- 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).
- Honey can be purchased directly from a honey stand located on my property and thru Facebook marketplace and local Facebook tagsale groups.
- 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. *
- barker rd. South Kent Ct river rd. Gaylordsville Ct
- Briefly describe the landscape where the apiary is located. What surrounds the apiary? What are the nectar sources? *
- Rural farm lot, currently vacant, overgrown hay fields with abundant nectar sources, major sources are black locust, clovers, purple loosestrife, goldenrod and asters. Second location is situated on an edge of forest adjacent to an organic farm, similar nectar sources as location distances are approximately 8 miles apart.
- 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.) *
- 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. *
- Each spring, 20-30% of brood comb is rotated out for nucleus colonies and sold and in its place new frames are used. Colonies are artificially swarmed and installed on new foundation to produce a steady supply of new brood comb. Frames are marked indicating years and rotated out annually.
- 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? *
- Early spring and mid summer splits are made with grafted queens I myself rear. I purchase queens for breeding from treatment free stock .
- 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. *
- Pollen supplement in early spring for cell builder colonies ( megabee, ultrabee) and sugar syrup after all supers are harvested before fall.
Management of Pests and Disease
- Varroa Mite
- Please briefly describe what measures you take to suppress the Varroa mite population in your hives. *
- Treatment free stock, spring/summer splits to break varroa breeding cycles.
- How do you monitor mite population levels? When and how often? *
- 2 times season , spring and mid summer
- 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)? *
- Never purchase used frames,and diligent inspections on regular basis to monitor for any abnormal conditions.
- How do you prevent and treat Nosema? *
- I prevent nosema by maintaining strong healthy colonies snd feeding when necessary.
- 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? *
- None of the above has ever been a problem for me, maintaining strong colonies and culling week ones maintains a state where none of these are a nuisance.
- What measures do you take, if any, to protect the hives against pests such as mice, skunks, possums, raccoons, and bears? *
- Electric fencing
- Please describe any other practices you follow to help strengthen the bee population under your care.
- Small cell beekeeping and treatment free stock is the backbone of my operation.
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") *
- 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. *
- Pawel Gorski
- 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. *
- Pawel Gorski
- 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. *
- Pawel Gorski
- 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. *
- Pawel Gorski
- You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
- I specialize in queen production, nucleus colonies and raw honey , propolis and wax .