Produce Application

Clayton Farms

Owner: Jack and Candi Clayton

Address:
1800 boog rd.
Hampstead, MD 21074
Md County

Mailing Address:
197 south court st.
Westminster, MD 21157

daytime phone: (443) 834-4760
evening phone: (443) 834-4760
Web site: http://www.claytonfarms.org

Application Date: 2014-09-22

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I believe that gmo crops, chemicals, and pesticides are unhealthy for us. I only use non-gmo seeds and organic farming techniques in order to provide people with healthy produce. In order to provide more people with healthy produce and to do business with stores and restaurants which only use certified produce I need to become certified. The Certified Naturally Grown program is perfect for my farm.
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? *
Web searching for certification options.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Rototiller, organic compost, rainwater
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.): *
Materials from home and yard. Purchased compost from Veteran 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". *
1 inch per square foot
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
There is a Local horse farm called Dayspring Farm has a large pile of manure that has been composting for several years.
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". *
0.5 inches deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
spring
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. *
Compost from Veteran Compost is dropped off in spring and spread out before I plant seeds.
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? *
no
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. *
Grass is the primary weed problem which I either re-till and start over an over grown section or I use mulch, weed blocking fabric, and weeding.
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. *
Japanese beetles, and white butterflies are the primary insect challenge. I pick the bugs off the plants when possible, and I try to use companion planting to combat the bugs.
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. *
I have had issues with mildew on my squash and pumpkin plants. I try to use companion plants to combat disease issues. Also, removing the diseased plants helps.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rain. Well water from house.
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. *
Lawn surrounds the garden and a cement gutter going around the south/west south and east of the yard. After the gutter there is another 5 ft of lawn followed by a road which dead ends at the woods and to the west is Blenfield ct. The court and the houses are surrounded by woods. to the south south/west To the north is a thickly wooded area aprox. 300ft thick with homes on the other side. To the east is more woods. Their are no conventinal crops being grown near the garden. The closest conventional crops are 2 miles south/west. with lots of hills and trees in-between.

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:
I got into growing organic produce because I think it will help people and my community.