Produce Application

Bohlayer's Orchards

Owner: David and Heather Loomis

Address:
1621 Farmers Valley Road
Troy, PA 16947
Bradford County

daytime phone: (570) 297-2480
Web site: http://www.bohlayersorchards.com

Application Date: 2016-05-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been using only natural and/or OMRI listed products in our orchard for over three years. We are looking for an alternative to Certified Organic for our fruit production.
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? *
During attendance at a PASA conference several years ago.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
10 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
10 acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
10 acres
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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: *
None
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On 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 cubic yard per tree
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
Barn Dri Lime; Lancaster Ag Liquid Seaweed; Fertrell 2-1-1 Liquid Fish; 20 Mule Team Borax
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 control undergrowth in the orchard by mowing under fruit trees.
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. *
Codling Moth, Oriental Fruit Moth, Bud Moth, Pear Psylla, Aphids, Plum Curculio: Routine use of neem oil 4x per season, CM/OFM mating disruption rings, strategic use of bacillus thuringiensis for bud moth if leaf inspection yields need, use of kaolin clay as a deterrent (all above insects), use of degree day tracking and insect trapping to strategically spray granulosis virus specifically for CM, and if infestations are observed (via insect sticky trapping in the summer), use of OMRI listed insecticides
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. *
Apple scab, Pear scab, Fire blight, Sooty Blotch, and Flyspeck: Use of sulfur during scab ascospore acceleration phase via degree day tracking from first green tip, use of copper and effective microbes in the dormant season where fire blight was evidenced prior year, use of streptomycin only in vicinity where entire trees were killed via fire blight (coupled with removal of infected watershoots during dormant season), when scab was witnessed on fruitlets (secondary infection), use of 1% food grade H2O2 spray.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rain only
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? *
no
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. *
I retain a natural buffer (to harbor beneficial bees/insects) between orchard blocks. Nearly the entire orchard is surrounded by my own hay fields, woodlot and pastures. The exception is a small section of my neighboring uncle's woods (approximately 60 feet from the southeast corner of my large pear orchard block). None of the buffer receives chemical or conventional inputs.

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:
In accordance with your requirements for orchards planted prior to 1965, we completed the heavy metals testing and are pleased to report that levels of lead and arsenic are within normal levels. Testing reports are available upon your request.