Produce Application

Leaning Birch Farm

Owner: Daniel Fera

2388 County Highway 107
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Fulton County

daytime phone: (518) 466-8245
evening phone: (518) 466-8245
Web site:

Application Date: 2017-06-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are new market gardeners committed to growing our produce as naturally as possible. We would like to be able to advertise this to our customers in a manner that they can recognize and understand.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Cornell Cooperative Extension representative.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
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: *
"Low-till" utilizing a reverse-tine, tractor-pulled roto-tiller.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat, hairy vetch, winter rye
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased complete from local producer as well as (our own) composted chicken litter, seedless rye straw, local grass clippings
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". *
2 yards per 1,000 square feet
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
New Jersey Green Sand, blood meal, bone char, rock phosphate, sulfate of potash, epsom salts,pulverized egg shell and Garden Tone and/or Physio-start are applied at planting. Some crops are side-dressed with Garden Tone or Physio-start once during growing season. Garden Tone contains: Hydrolyzed Feather Meal, Pasteurized Poultry Manure, Bone Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Greensand, Humates, Sulfate of Potash, and Sulfate of Potash Magnesia. Physiostart contains:Ammonium Sulfate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Zinc Oxide and seaweed extracts from Ascophyllum nodosum, Laminaria digitata and Focus sp.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
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. *
Lambs quarter, quack grass, witch grass, wild mustard. All are controlled by wheel hoe, co-linear hoe, stirrup hoe and hand pulling. We do not use any chemical herbicides. We mulch our walkways with seedless rye straw. We have used plastic mulch in the past and may use it again in the future.
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. *
Striped cucumber beetle, Colorado potato beetle, Japanese beetle, flea beetle, white flies, leaf hoppers. We use Spinosad, Evergreen pyrethrum, neem oil, insecticidal soap. Chemicals are used only as needed on affected plants when insect pressure cannot be managed by non-chemical means such as row cover or removal by hand. We plan to purchase beneficial insects such as lady bugs and/or parasitic wasps.
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. *
Basil downy mildew is the main disease problem on our farm. We (try to) control using potassium bicarbonate solution applied once a week.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We currently use our personal well but have dug a pond on our land that we plan to use in the future.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
Do you grow your own transplants? *
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
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") *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
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. *
Our crops are bordered on the West by our neighbor's lawn (approximately 3 acres). They do not use any chemicals on their lawn. The South border is our own fallow land and woodlot. The East border is our lawn (about an acre wide), and the North border is our high tunnel and lawn separating us from the road by about 250 feet. No chemicals are applied to any of the land bordering our crops.


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: