Produce Application

Licking Creek Bend Farm

Owner: Michael Tabor

Address:
928 Donahoe Lane
Needmore, PA 17238
Fulton County

Mailing Address:
706 Erie Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

daytime phone: (301) 587-2248
evening phone: (717) 573-4527
Web site: http://lickingcreekbendfarm.com/

Application Date: 2006-06-20

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Mostly through farm markets on Saturdays and Thursdays in the Washington DC area. I believe in supporting the organization.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
Certified Natrually Grown 2005
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
15.0
Number of above acreage that you own: *
15.0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0.0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
7.5
Fruit Crops:
3.0
Hay:
0.0
Grains/Beans:
0.0
Sugarbush:
0.0
Other Acreage:
5.0
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Christmas Trees
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: *
special roto-tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
clover, barley, rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchase organically processed and packaged compost
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". *
n/a
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
local horse 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". *
n/a
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
spring
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. *
rock phosphate, green sand, earthjuice fertilizers, purchased materials from East Coast Organics (wholesaye distributers. All OMRI listed. Purchased organic fertilizer from McGeary Organics, Lancaster, PA. All OMRI listed (1800 624-3279)
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. *
nutsedge, Foxtail, rag Weed. Controlled through cultivation and black plastic.
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. *
STipped and spotted cucumber beetles, Suash bugs, various apple tree insects including cedar apple rust. Last and this year used Rosemary oil (Sporan), (OMRI listed), Surround and Neem.
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. *
Cedar apple rust controlled by removing cedar trees on property. Sporan and dormant and seasonal oils and sticky traps for apples. For vegetables, compost tea using commmercially prepared organic formula through Earth soup. Extensive use of floating row covers.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Use deep well supplemented by Licking Creek (drip irrigation). Use extensive sand filters.
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") *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
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). *
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. *
no nearby farms

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. *
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