Produce Application

October Fields

Owner: Christopher & Sloane Lover

Address:
352 South Freedom Rd
Albion, ME 04910
Kennebec County

Mailing Address:
352 South Fredom Rd
Albion, ME 04910

daytime phone: (207) 465-5355
Web site: http://octoberfields.com

Application Date: 2016-05-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Although we are not opposed to being certified organic, we are a small scale herb and garlic permaculture farm that practices and produces per NOP standards. We are a husband and wife team that believes our time is better spent tending to our crops with our hands versus tending to the paperwork required to become certified organic. We wanted an alternative that would allow us to grow organically in order to provide the community with affordable, safe, naturally grown and chemical free foods. We also want to expand additional acreage for grain, straw and hay production. There is a massive shortage of straw producers in Maine for both conventional and organic agriculture. The landowners previous to us were MOFGA organic certified for hay/straw so we would like to continue to produce to support the needs of Maine farmers. Currently a bale of straw is only accessible at the feed store for $10 transported by truck from Canada...not an economical or sustainable choice for any farmer or community.
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? *
In searching for alternatives to organic certification, found CNG on-line.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
4
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
1
Grains/Beans:
1
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: *
Once annually in spring and once in fall with tractor/rototiller. Otherwise all performed with hand tools.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Grasses to include winter rye, clover and mustards.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm and bi-annually from local compost farm Kinney Compost (http://kinneycompost.com/) Typically a 4-ton delivery.
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
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. *
We occasionally use lime or green sand.
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 do have weed issues, of which we eradicate by hand. Our weeds include ground ivy, lambs quarter and grasses.
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. *
Beetles and potato bugs, all of which we eradicate by hand. Bugs are removed and placed in a bucket containing organic Castile soap and water. During larger beetle infestation periods, we will place an insect blanket over fruit bushes.
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. We have 2 older apple trees that produce abundant fruit, yet were not maintained by previous owner. We have owned the property for almost 5 years and annually prune and keep apple drops cleaned up.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well and irrigation pond on property.
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Through MOFGA certified herb farms.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
They are MOFGA certified.
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
We only purchase organic transplants from certified farms.
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. *
With the exception of our road frontage, we are surrounded on all sides of farm by trees/forest. The 4 acres used for cultivation are located behind the home and protected by surrounding out-buildings and/or trees. The remaining 10 acres is all forest on the back end of property. On one side is 50+ acres of trees and beyond that a dairy farm. The other side is approximately 200 feet of thick forest with a 15 acre gentleman's farm (apiary, 2 emu's and small vegetable plot) and forest beyond that.

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: