Produce Application

Gaia Greenhouse Enterprises, LLC

Owner: Nancy Wallace

Address:
2828 Ridge Road
Windsor Mill, MD 21244
Baltimore County

daytime phone: (410) 701-7402

Application Date: 2013-08-30

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Gaia Greenhouse Enterprises, LLC provides fresh, naturally-grown, highly-nutritious produce consisting of fruits, vegetables, berries, and culinary herbs, directly to local consumers. Gaia uses high-tunnel greenhouses, renewable energy sources, and no-waste policies, to achieve high yields, grown year round. Gaia practices innovative and traditional growing methods that are natural, renewable, and sustainable for the purpose of enhancing the health of all living beings we touch, including our Planet, Earth. Gaia follows Native American Principles of Right Relationship to learn, live and grow in ways that benefit the next seven generations and to serve as a model to our community and all our relations. Gaia Greenhouse Enterprises, LLC has joined other like-minded farmers in the commitment to provide naturally-grown produce and now wishes to join with other Certified Naturally Grown farms by registering with the Certified Naturally Grown program.
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? *
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General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.33
Fruit Crops:
0.33
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
0.33
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
*We also have an aquaponic unit, though we understand that CNG cannot currently certify aquaponic production. Our Aquaponics Unit is certified by our local DNR and is by it nature, natural. Otherwise you kill the fish. We grow culinary herbs - Oct 2013 We are preparing to plant cilantro and contemplating planting culantro as our winter crop in the aquaponics grow bed. What we will be growing in our Aquaponics unit is mostly for us and our partners usage. It will not be for sale.
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: *
no tillage
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
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". *
1-2 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
None
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. *
Common weeds to be found and dealt with are: milk thistle, ragweed, horse nettle and goldenrod. Weeds are managed by hand pulling and composting on site.
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. *
Primary insect challenges to be found and dealt with are: aphids, white flies, spider mites, and tomato worms. Insects are managed the natural way, by introducing praying mantis and ladybugs to greenhouses and by companion planting in grow beds with chrysanthemum and geranium.
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. *
Primary disease challenge is: Tomato blight. Primary method to treat is crop rotation.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well
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") *
N/A
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
no
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. *
To the south, 30-40 feet separates us from neighboring property that has small vegetable garden. To the west, north, and east, at least 100 yards with a substantial tree line on each side separates us from neighboring properties.

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: