Produce Application

Who Cooks For You Farm

Owner: Aeros Lillstrom and Chris Brittenburg

Address:
181 Eddyville Rd
New Bethlehem, PA 16242
Armstrong County

daytime phone: (814) 256-3858
evening phone: (814) 256-3858
Web site: http://whocooksforyoufarm.com

Application Date: 2013-01-28

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We'd like to join certified naturally grown to be able to apply the certification to our wholesale accounts.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
no
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Friends

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
10
Number of above acreage that you own: *
5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
9.5
Fruit Crops:
.5
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *











Please Specify Other Markets:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
molboard plow
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
winter rye, italian rye, oats, peas, hairy vetch, buckwheat, sudan grass, barley, spelt
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
local horse farm, local dairy
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
2 tons
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
local dairy
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
2 tons
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
early fall
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
no
Please list any other brought in fertility sources that you use (specific rock powders, lime, soybean / alfalfa meal, specific purchased pre-mixes, etc)and how often it's used. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s. *
We use Fertrell super k and super N, Lancaster Ag dry fertilizers 2-7-6. We're using Replenish OMRI certified this year. We use Nordic liquid fish and seaweed mixes to fertigate. Greensand, gypsum, aragonite, lime, epsom salt Liquid biocal (foliar) All dry fertilizers, lime or aragonite are used in preparation of fields for planting. Spring, summer and fall Liquid fish and seaweed is used in fields where needed and in hoophouse tomato production as well as biocal as foliar greensand, gypsum used in hoophouse production We make our own soil mixes: rock phosphate, greensand, bone meal, blood meal, lime, vermiculite, perlite, peat, compost
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
no
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
no
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
yes
Describe your primary weed problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual weed challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
We broke ground that was pasture for 25 years. The ground 5 years ago had very little annual weed pressure and a little perennial pressure. Now, there are some annuals coming in. Chickweed is a biggy and some grasses(not foxtail) that are showing up. Galonsoga is trying to show up. Usually we use mechanization to deal with weeds, as well as hand hoes, stirrup hoes. this year we're going next door to farm ground there. old hay fields. WE're going to let our fields rest in cover crop for a year and bare fallow in summer for 6 weeks to knock down a few generations of weed seed. this how we ultimately would like to deal with our weeds. weeding the soil, not the crop!
Describe your primary insect challenges AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual pest challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
Flea beetles, cucumber beetles, squash bugs, imported cabbage worm... for flea beetles and cabbage worm we use exclusion unless there's a problem. then we use spinosad or Bt in rotation for cucumber beetles and squash bugs we use surround kaolin clay our system works well
Describe your primary disease challenges AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual disease challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
powdery mildew and downy mildew on cucurbits in the field - we use stylet oil grey mold in hoophouse tomatoes - increase air flow, use oxidate and serenade until fruit early and late blight on nightshades - for this we do nothing. we do NOT use copper at all
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use our pond up on a hill that is fed by a spring we developed. Our irrigation is gravity flow!
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
no
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
no

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Do you grow your own transplants? *
yes
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
They ARE grown according to CNG methods.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Deep grass nursery - certified organic sweet potato slips
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
They are certified organic
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
NONE
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
no
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
yes
Please describe your buffer. Be as specific as possible. On all sides, how far is it from your crops to the next closest use (road, conventional crop, residential yard)? Be sure to specify what is grown on neighboring land that is in agricultural use. For example: To the north and east, a wooded area of at least 100 yards separates us from the neighbor's corn fields, to the south is a fallow field at least 100 yards deep separating us from the road, and to the west about 60 feet separates our crops from a field where conventional corn and soybeans are grown. *
There aren't farm fields close to us. We're on an isolated east facing mild hillside. We're surrounded by forest!

Agreements

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by checking the boxes.
I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe that produce not raised in accord with CNG standards is Certified Naturally GrownTM. *
I understand that I have to complete at least one (and hopefully more) Certification Inspection(s) of another farm in my area each year, and that the inspection will NOT be of the same farmer that inspected me. *
I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown certification standards, I understand them, and I will abide by them. I understand that if I have any questions I may contact CNG for clarification. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
We never wanted to become certified in any way b/c we believe that the only way to really know if a farmer is growing super healthy food is by people developing direct relationships with the farm and farmer within which they are active. We want to become CNG b/c we have large demand for our produce in grocery stores. There I think certification is very helpful to consumers. Thank you!