Produce Application

Enon Valley Garlic

Owner: Rosemary Stidmon

Address:
214 Little Beaver Rd
Enon Valley, PA 16120
Lawrence County

daytime phone: (724) 336-0501
evening phone: (724) 336-0501
Web site: http://enonvalleygarlic.com

Application Date: 2014-05-30

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We feel that it gives us an advantage in selling our produce and opens opportunities that are currently closed to us for selling our produce.
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? *
Other farmers have spoken about it

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
20
Number of above acreage that you own: *
20
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
20
Fruit Crops:
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:
Festivals

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Disk and Rotary Plow
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat and tillage radish
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We have a commercial composting license. We receive food scraps, wood chips and leaves as well as on-farm waste.
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". *
1-3 tons per acre, as needed
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Approx 50 tons per year of horse manure for compost
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". *
applied as compost not manure, see above
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
na
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. *
Diluted fish emulsion as foliar feed 2x a year on garlic only.
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 plant tomatoes in raised beds covered with plastic. Garlic is planted in raised beds with leaves and wood chips to control weeds. Other veggies are planted and wood chips scattered around plants to control weeds. Otherwise we rototill rows and hand weed between plants. Fields are rotated with cover crops to discourage weeds.
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. *
Aphids, corn worms, potato beetles, spider mites and Japanese beetles. Pests we spray with cayenne pepper spray or garlic spray. It is used as needed. We provided habitat and overwintering protection for beneficial insects. We employ hand removal of insects as well as traps, floating row cover, bat houses and many bird houses and nesting locations for birds. Snakes, toads, frogs.
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. *
Likely challenges are blight, rust and mildew. Monitor crops and removal and destruction of crops.
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 well water with soring fed pond as backup for crop irrigation. Water is tested annually
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") *
NA
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 east no agricultural land for at least 1/2 mile - Just field and a pond. To the west about 100 yds to a road to our closest field but most of our fields are at least 1/3 of a mile to the road. To the north no agricultural or residential property for at least 500 yds. To the south at least 300 yds and 30 yds of tree line to a conventionally farmed corn/soybean field.

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 have owned our farm for 10 years and have practiced organic methods for that entire period. Prior to our ownership it was farmed organically as an herb farm which was one of the key attractions to the property.