Sr. Remote Inspect
Uncle Henry's GardenOwner: Stanley Chepaitis
Homer City, PA
daytime phone: (724) 349-2507
evening phone: (724) 349-2507
Web site: http://www.unclehenrysgarden.com
Application Date: 2020-09-17
- 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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