Produce Application

Broad Wing Farm, LLC

Owner: Annie Hasz

Address:
95 Mountz Rd
Morgantown, PA 19543
Berks County

daytime phone: (610) 286-9473
evening phone: (610) 286-9473
Web site: http://www.broadwingfarm.net

Application Date: 2015-03-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I'm applying to CNG to solidify and improve the practices we employ and become part of the network of farmer-to-farmer inspections. I want to more clearly communicate our practices to our farmers' market customers, CSA's, and restaurants.
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? *
I heard about Certified Naturally Grown from fellow PA farmers who encouraged me to be part of the program.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
80
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3.5
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
76.5
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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
In 2014, our first season, we plowed and disced to prepare ground. For final seedbed preparation for cash crops we used a walk-behind roto-tiller. To prepare ground for cover crop seeding, we disc and harrow. This year, without sod to break, we are reducing rototilling and planning to use disc, harrows, and cultivators to prepare seed beds in our light sandy loam soil.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We use rye & vetch over winter before late-planted crops, oats and field peas for a winter-killed cover crop before early crops, buckwheat in spring and summer to condition soil and suppress weeds. We also under-sow fall brassicas with oats and peas. We plan to incorporate sorghum sudan grass, crimson clover, and barley into our mixes this year.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We are creating compost to apply in 2016 from our poultry bedding, sheep bedding, used mushroom-straw/grain, some produce waste, and manure from our neighboring cattle operation.
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". *
not yet applied
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We applied manure to our fields when still in sod in winter 2013-2014 from a neighboring cattle operation.
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". *
10-12 ton/acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
We applied it in winter 2013-2014, but will be transition to applying compost in early spring/summer.
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. *
Hi-Cal Lime, Aragonite, Kelp, Fertrell Liquid Fish, Fertrell Super N, Fertrell Green Potash, Fertrell Super N. We apply this amendments once a year, according to soil test results.
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 had a mix of broadleaf weeds, especially a mallow & chickweeds, and also dealt with grass (incl quack grass). We expect to have less grass issues and more broad leaf weeds this year. We use straw mulch for some long-term crops, and mechanical cultivation and hand weeding to manage them. In 2014, we relied on discs, wheelhoes, and hand weeding and will be using tractor cultivation in 2015. We also use smothering cover crops (esp buckwheat) between crops. We are vigilant about scouting for weeds that are going to seed, bagging them and dumping them far from the field edge. We mow field edges to prevent seed drift.
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: we use row cover to protect brassicas, and sprayed Pyganic once in 2014 on an arugula crop. Cabbage loopers on brassicas: we scouted, and sprayed Dipel 3 times in 2014 in our fall brassicas. We scouted afterwards to determine efficacy and hand picked worms on brussel sprouts. Colorado Potato Beetles -- We scouted regularly, hand picked what we found, and never had enough to apply other controls in 2014. Japanese Beetles -- An issue on sweet potatoes, but clearly worse where soil fertility poorer. Our current plans are to improve soil fertility. Cucumber Beetle/Squash Bugs -- we use succession plantings and will use Pyganic if necessary. Mexican Bean Beetles -- succession plantings of beans, row cover on beans until flowering
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. *
We use Actinovate as a preventative foliar spray in our nursery and in the field for Late & Early Blights, Cercospora, Powdery/Downy Mildews, and Septoria. We select heat-treated seeds whenever possible. We use Champ/Regalia mixes (copper hydroxide) on tomatoes every week when Late Blight is prevalent in our region. (in 2014, we stopped applications after 4-5 weeks) We rogue tomato plants when late blight is spotted. In 2014, we topped our potatoes when we suspected late blight had entered our fields. We sanitize our tomato stakes and plastic flats using bleach dilution dips. We use Regalia/Actinovate mixes on Winter and Summer Squash for Powdery mildew.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Our 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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Sweet Potato Slips from a local Amish Grower. Strawberry plugs - Walker bros. Onion starts (bareroot) are from Buckeye AZ, organic certified.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
The onion starts are certified organic. I have not confirmed with the strawberry or sweet potato suppliers.
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
Sweet Potato slips, strawberry plugs.
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 West, a wooded area of about 150 yards separates our field from our minimally traveled road. To the South, a wooded area of at least 100 yards separates us from neighbor who has a small home and yard. At least 200 yards of woods beyond that we have a neighbor with a 20-head cattle operation. To the east, there are at least 500 yards of woods separating us from a neighboring property. The neighboring property is mostly mature woods as well, with some pastured that is hayed to the Northeast. To the North, our house, barn and back shed are fairly adjacent to the fields. Beyond that, a hilly pasture and wooded area about 250 yards separates us from Hay Creek Rd. We are largely surrounded by woods and the nearest agricultural land is in hay. There is no opportunity for chemical drift or run-off that we are aware of.

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. *
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