Produce Application

The Bend Farm

Owner: Dan Touchard

Address:
144 Sheats Rd.
Oil City, PA 16301
Venango County

daytime phone: (814) 493-6188
Web site: http://www.thebendfarm.com

Application Date: 2015-11-24

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
believe in growing produce without chemicals. Supporting/utilizing an alternative to 'USDA organic'.
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? *
farmers market manager.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
2
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
0.1
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0.1
Other Acreage:
0.8
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: *
Use of a motorized tiller. Trying to move away from traditional tillage.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, purchased, local farms.
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". *
8-10 wheel barrow per 100' row
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
horse farm
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
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. *
Espoma 'GardenTone'derived from Feather Meal, Poultry Manure, Cocoa Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Bone Meal, Greensand, and Sulfate of Potash.
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. *
General Weeds and Grasses, control with cultivation, hand weeding, and mulching.
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. *
Cabbage worm- control with BT when damage is evident, generally 1-2 times per season. Cucumber Beetle- control with row covers and Pyrethrum (Pyganic), use to knock down the population, generally 2 times per season. Flea Beetles- minimize damage with row covers.
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. *
Blights- Attempt to control with Copper Soap at likely times of infection. Effective on early blight not so much for late blight. And attempt to minimize weeds to promote airflow. For late blight if infection occurs remove affected plants to stem the spread. So far early and late blights have been the only disease we worry about.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rain. Occasional use of a public spring.
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. *
Our growing area is surrounded by woods. There are no commercial growing areas with several miles. Neighbors do grow their own gardens. The closest ones are at least 100 yards away through heavy woods. The nearest public road is approximately 200 yards downhill.

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:
Small family farm growing mixed vegetables. We also raise meat chickens using 'organic' methods but are not seeking their certification at this time.