Argos FarmOwner: Spyro & Angela Martin
1250 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
daytime phone: (908) 890-1623
Web site: http://www.argosfarm.com
Application Date: 2016-03-30
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We believe strongly in providing fresh naturally grown food to our customers. We also believe in private certification by our peers using a common sense, practical approach as opposed to a government bureaucracy seeking excessive fees for certification.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Industry research on the internet
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
- If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
- corn for corn maze and pumpkins for seasonal decoration sales. Blueberries and grapes.
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- 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: *
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- on farm livestock manure, purchase complete, local grass, straw
- 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? *
- 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. *
- calcium lime and elemental sulfur as required by soiling testing
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
- 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. *
- foxtail,purslane, witchgrass, broadleaf plantain. plastic mulch, weed whacking, cultivating and hand weeding where plastic is not used.
- 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. *
- Colorado potato beetle, Japanese beetle,cucumber beetle, stink bug. We eliminate insects by hand and will likely incorporate a neem oil application if insect presence reaches a justifiable threshold.
- 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 challenges are blight and powdery mildew. Sulfur, copper, and neem oil are applied as needed and appropriate.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- On site wells.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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 - purchase my potting mix. I use Pro Mix MP Organik that I purchase from Nolts Produce Supply in Leola PA. I purchased a pallet of bales to start the season and it is the only product I use for starting seeds in the greenhouse. The ingredients are: -Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss(55-65%) -Coir- horticulture grade -Perlite -Calcitic limestone (ph adjuster) -Mycorrhizae
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
- Conventional farm field. We may apply a herbicide in a blueberry field that we have on the farm. We apply fertilizer to our corn maze and pumpkin patch field.
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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. *
- The blueberry field is where we may apply herbicide is well over 100 yards from our vegetable fields that we are looking to have certified as CNG. There is no risk of drift from the fertilizer applied to corn maze and pumpkin patch as we broadcast granular fertilizer only on those conventional fields. There are no other farms on any side of our property as we are in the Pinelands and the surrounding land is protected for at least a mile in three directions. To the north of our us there is a residential development approximately 1/2 of a mile away.
- 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 do share equipment between the conventional and Naturally Grown fields and clean and wash the equipment between uses. The only attachments that would be used on both types of fields are tiller, cultivator and plastic mulch layer. We hose down equipment after it used in conventional fields. The only product grown on our farm that is conventionally grown and for sale in our market is blueberries. The blueberries are clearly marked as not Naturally Grown and it is described that we use a pre-emergant herbicide when the plant is dormant as blueberry production is significantly effected by weed competition. The pumpkins are rotated within the same fields and no other crops are planted in that rotation. Inactive pumpkin fields are left fallow. The corn maze is planted in the same field every year being that the purpose of the crop is for agritainment and not for consumption.