Produce Application

Tributary Farm

Owner: Jesse Goldfarb

222 Lower Whitfield Road
Accord, NY 12404
Ulster County

daytime phone: (917) 903-9620
Web site:

Application Date: 2018-03-02

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I appreciate the grassroots effort of the Certified Naturally grown program in that is about be certified by a fellow grower in the community. I appreciate that is about more than only whether you apply certified inputs or not, but also takes into account land management, soil health and other cultural practices.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
I know other farmers that are certified and they recommend it.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
4 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
My mother owns 4, I will own 27 come April (hopefully)
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
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: *
Currently Berta rotary plow on walk behind tractor. On new ground will use chisel plow.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Oats, Peas, Clover, Austrian winter peas, winter rye, yellow sweet blossom clover, buckwheat, sorghum sudan
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm
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". *
Currently using compost only on perennials, 1 inch deep
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
Dolomitic Lime when pH correction is needed, Krehers 8-2-2 (ingredients poultry manure and feather meal) when additional N is required at varied rates depending on crop requirements ~ 70 lbs N / acre. Sul-po-mag organic fertilizer when K, S, and Mg are required, (for example for garlic I applied 300 lbs / acre of sul - po - mag. For potting mix I purchase from VT compost and I also make my own with OMRI approved peat moss, vermiculite lime, bone meal, blood meal - I follow the Cornell mix recipe when I do this.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
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. *
Quack grass, crab grass, foxtails, nutsedge, lambs quarters, purslane, galinsoga, amaranth, chicweed, ragweed, purslane. Managed through stale seed bedding with wheel hoe, black plastic tarps, mulch including straw and bio degaradble plastic (Biotello), hand weeding, attempting the no weed to seed philosophy (though without 100% sucess rate).
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 beatlees - biothrips netting, remay, neem, entrust at labeled rates Imported cabbage worm - Bt at labeled rates squash bugs - regalia, actinovate, mycotrol, pyganic, neem at label rates upon egg emergence striped cucumber beetles - remay until 4 leaf stage
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. *
Tomato blights and bacterial diseases - would apply regalia and copper if initial signs or high risk according to NEWA models. But plan to grow most tomatoes under a low tunnel anyway so hopefully will not be an issue.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
Do you grow your own transplants? *
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
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") *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
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. *
All neighboring farms are organic. To the south is a wedding venue that just mows the grass. Even so we maintain a tree line buffer and 100ft from the orchard that uses organic sprays.


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 have 2 acres in production now, and I will be purchasing an additional 27 acres this month (03/2018). I will be putting ~1 acre in crops and the rest in cover crops, as well as putting in some infrastructure. In the past 3 years it has been pretty much fallow, though there was some straw seeding and mowing (not sure if it was harvested).