Sr. Remote Inspect

Uncle Henry's Garden

Owner: Stanley Chepaitis

Homer City, PA

daytime phone: (724) 349-2507
evening phone: (724) 349-2507
Web site:

Application Date: 2020-09-17

Farming History

Your Name *
Stanley Chepaitis
Please check all that apply. *

For how many years have you managed or worked on a CNG-certified farm? *
How many years of experience total do you have managing a farming operation that’s managed according to CNG/organic principles (whether certified or not)? *
Please indicate the place/s where you have farmed, including farm name, town, state, and country. *
2016 - Present Owner/farmer for Uncle Henry's Garden, Homer City, PA, USA. Certified by CNG 2007 -2010 Vegetable .Grower for Misty Morning Farm. Cherry Tree, PA, USA owner John Hollway. Certified by CNG

Types of Farming & Expertise

Please check the box corresponding to the types of operations with which you have at least three years of experience.

What type of training have you received in farming practices (on-farm and off-farm)? *
I have little formal training in agriculture, having been a professional musician/professor for most of my career. I transitioned to market farming from lifelong practice of organic gardening. Since becoming a farmer, I have taken several workshops led by PASA (PA Sustainable Agriculture) and I have participated in PASA's study on measure's of soil health done in collaboration with Cornell University.
Please briefly describe your experience with mentoring, training, or advising other farmers, if any.
I have worked with college age interns on the farm for all nine years that I have farmed. I also maintain an informal advisory connection with our Indiana County Community Gardens. I supply seed garlic for the Community Gardens and advise them, in particular, concerning garlic production.
What aspect of your farming operation are you most proud of? *
I am most proud of the results I have achieved through soil building. My farm is situated on a hillside with dense clay soil. By building raised bends amended with farm produced compost and ocean based inputs (kelp/fish and Sea 90), as well as managing a cover crop of white clover, I have been able to produce for a 25 member CSA and the local Indiana County Farmer's market. My permanent raised beds follow the hill contours and act as swales to prevent erosion and store moisture. I have also learned to manage crops in our four high tunnels and several temporary low tunnels, experimenting with crop succession timings to increase production and meet the challenges posed by a changing climate.
What aspect of your farming operation are you most known for? (This could be a particular crop beloved by customers or an uncommon production method that other farmers would appreciate.) *
We are most known for: 1. Garlic - Grow an heirloom hardback garlic brought to America by my Great Uncle (Henry) from Abruzzo in 1912 2. Lettuce - I have learned to produce head lettuce April through November by timing a succession of varieties for each season 3. Heirloom tomatoes 4. Heirloom beans.
What do you appreciate about Certified Naturally Grown?
I appreciate CNG's focus on small producers and their willingness to listen to farmer's input. As a farmer striving to honestly confront the considerable challenges of non-chemical practices, it is important to me to have a certifier and inspectors who understand what I am going for and are there to help and advise rather than just look for problems.
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