Produce Application

GrowingDirt.com , a farm at Agrestic Acres

Owner: Susan Bates

Address:
51 Lenape Lane
Great Meadows, NJ 07838
Warren County

daytime phone: (908) 605-0041
evening phone: (908) 605-0041
Web site: http://Growingdirt.com

Application Date: 2017-04-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Was already in the program and dropped last year because i lost help and was overwhelmed. I have my partner almost full time this year and an intern coming on, so we would like to join the program again
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
CNG 2015 CNG - dropped out as per above
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
word of mouth from other vegetable farmers

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
approx 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:
1
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
approx 11- grazing pasture for ;ivestock
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: *
We are using a combination of plow/disc and a raised bed shaper and tiller/bed shaper. Working towards permanent raised beds. end of season cover cropped our garden (johhnys seed cover crop)
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Fall Green Manure Mix Cover Crop Seed, from Johnny's seed
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
to date purchased complete certified compost from valley shepherd creamery
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 50lb sack per 50 foot row
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. *
n/a
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. *
last year was first year we broke ground and we used all methods bellow to mitigate weeds through the season: - tarping to blackout light and kill weeds (4 weeks) - flame weeding with box flamer - closer planting to allow veggie leaf canopy to crowd out weeds - hand weeding, co-linear hoe, amish wheel hoe - bio degrade mulch
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 were the problem last year, and some aphids. we used, or will use, insect netting, neem oil, capscacin based spray OMRI listed Pyganic from Johnny's seed... crop roatation and interplanting of different crops or flowers to create bug confusion
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. *
blight/powdery mildew OMRI liquid copper fungicide
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
artesian 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. *
we are within BEar Creek Preserve and the area we gow in has a minimum of 100ft buffer, up to over 1000' buffer, depending on direction. The perimeter of the farm has either mature windbreaks, or thick woods. A beekeeper friend has a small apiary here and has listed it as such with the State(which should prevent any spraying by state or county near the farm

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:
The following crops and varieties are grown for home use in a hydroponic system (they are not CNG and will not be for sale): PEPPERS -sprinter, mini. TOMATOES - pink wonder, pozzano. LETTUCE - summer crisp (muir, cherokee, mottistone). ROMAINE - green forest, dragoon. BUTTERHEAD - rex, skyphos. CUCUMBERS - diva, PAC CHOI - black summer. The following are crops that are field grown and are Certified Naturally Grown: PAC CHOI Shiro pac choi Joi choi pac choi Li ren pac choi BUTTERHEADS Adriana Alkindus Buttercrunch Mirlo Nancy Red Cross LEAF LETTUCES Magenta Nevada Redina Ruby sky Tropicana Waksman ROMAINES auvona Coastal star Freckles Green towers Holiness Rhazes Salvius Winter density SALANOVA exclusively from johnnys seeds Green sweet crisp Red butter Red incised Red oak leaf Red sweet crisp Green oak leaf Green incised Green butter PEPPERS early jalapeƱo Ace Biscayne Carmen El jefe Golden cali Gourmet Habanero Hungarian hot Iko iko Islander Red rocket TOMATOES red brandywine Yellow brandywine Damsel Esterina Indigo cherry drops Sweetie cherry CUCUMBERS Marketmore National pickling