Produce Application

Juliet and Bros Organic Garlic

Owner: Todd Howick

Address:
17285 Jordan Dr
Saegertown, PA 16433
Crawford County

daytime phone: (814) 807-2812
evening phone: (814) 783-0130

Application Date: 2016-09-08

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
WE ARE FOLLOWING ORGANIC GROWNING PRACTICES AND LIKE THE CNG APPROACH. WE BELIEVE IT WOULD BE A BENEFIT TO THE FARM FROM THE AFFILIATION
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? *
FROM A LOCAL FARMER

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
12
Number of above acreage that you own: *
40
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
6
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
LOCAL FARMER GROWS SWEET CORN AND PUMPKINS. THE FIELD HE USES IS SEPERATED BY A TREE LINE AND CREEK RAVINE
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
12
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
GARLIC
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:
GOURMET MARKETS, LOCAL EVENTS AND SMALL FARMERS

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
FOR ARE GARLIC: WE MOW GRASSES AND COVER CROPS IN JUNE THROUGH AUGUST. TO PREP OUR SEED BED WE DISC IN EARLY SEPTEMBER TO TURN IN HOUSE MANURE WEEDS AND GRASSES BY A SHALLOW TILLING. WE LET OUR FIELDS REST FOR A FEW WEEKS WE PLOWTHE FIELD ONCE, IN THE DIRECTION OF OUR BEDS, FOLLOWED BY A DEEP TILLING,FOLLOWED BY SHAPING RAISED BEDS WITH A BED SHAPING IMPLEMENT. WE ARE GOING TO ROTATE OUR CROPS YEARLY AND IMPLY COVER CROPS. POSSIBLY IN THE FUTURE ROTATIONS WE WOULD LIKE TO ADD ORGANIC PUMPKINS AND SWEET CORN
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
BUCKWHEAT AND RYE GRASS
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
GRASS CLIPPINGS AND LEAVES
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". *
LESS THAN A TON PER ACER
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
LOCAL HORSE FARM, OUR GOATS AND CHICKENS
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 TON PER ACRE
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
JUNE AND JULY
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. *
WE LIMED (DOLOMITIC) THIS YEAR AND PUT DOWN MURIATE OF POTASH THIS YEAR TO ADJUST PH
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. *
WEED CONTROL STARTS WITH MOWING AND TURNING WEEDS PIOR TO SEED IN OUR TILLAGE PROCEDURE. WE ARE USING PLASTIC MULCH LAYER TO CONTROL WEEDS. ALSO HAVE CREW PICK THEM BY HAND.
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. *
WE ROTATE OUR GARLIC TO TRY AND CUT OFF THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEMATODES AND THRIPS ON OUR GARLIC. WE CHOOSE OUR SEED CAREFULLY FROM GROWERS WHO WE HAVE REALATIONSHIPS WITH THAT HAVE HAD NO PEST OR DISEASE ISSUES. WE CULL SICK PLANT EARLY TO PROTECT FROM NEMATODES. WE DISPOSED OF ANY QUESTIONABLE SEED GARLIC AND DISPOSE OF IT. NOTHING REALLY IS A PEST TO GARLIC OTHER THAN WHAT HAS BEEN STATED
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. *
BULB ROT AND FUNGUS ARE MAJOR CHALLENGESWITH DISEASE. WE PROPERLY MULCH OUR BEDS FOR FROST AND THAW IN OUR AREA TO PREVENT FUNGUS. WE ALSO BELIEVE THAT OUR RAISED BEDS AND MULCH ACT PREVENT THIS. OUR SLOPPED FIELD HELP WITH DRAINAGE. OUR FIELD ROTATION HELPS TO PREVENT SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS IN THE FIELDS FROM DEVELOPING. WE CULL SICK OR FAILING PLANTS ACTIVELY.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
WE HAVE A DRIP SYSTEM THAT IS SUPPLIED BY OUR WELL ON THE FARM
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. *
ON THE LOWER FIELD IT IS PROTECTED BY A CREEK ON THE EAST, A STREAM ON THE SOUTH A ROAD ON THE WEST AND A HOUSE ON THE NORTH. UPPER FIELD IS PROTECTED BY HOUSE ON EAST, A STREAM AND TREELINE ON THE SOUTH, A ROAD ON THE WEST AND A WOODS ON THE NORTH

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:
WE ARE A FAMILY OWED FARM THAT BEGAN GROWING PRODUCE IN OUR LARGE GARDEN. OUR GARLIC HAS ALWAYS DONE WELL AND PLAN ON TAKING IT UP A NOTCH.WE ARE EXCITED TO LOOK INTO JOINING THE CNG FAMILY