Produce Application

A Gardens Glory

Owner: Ann M Nyhuis

Address:
Stuart, FL

daytime phone: (772) 341-4940
Web site: http://www.agardensglory.com

Application Date: 2017-11-02

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
A Gardens Glory unique motto is "For Plant's Sake & yours!" We deliver weekly live, vibrant, fresh plates of microgreens to our local community. Our customers have come to know that the vibrant and tasty super-foods they purchased and consumed were truly grown clean (no treated or genetically engineered seeds). A Gardens Glory exercises our "no chemical used" approach as we grow in mother's nature environment and our Florida trademarked Microgreens~Piatto Fresco(s) are sold live for maximum nutrient density too! Our customers want to eat fresh microgreens, not packaged in plastic bags or clamshells that lessens the oxygen transference rate which hastens the nutrient density of their food. We believe our core principles are synonymous with the Certified Naturally Grown initiative. We look forward to delivering viable, real food, grown in harmony with nature!
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? *
My spouse saw the CNG seal in a magazine article and we had to look up CNG.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
For microgreens we use 450 sq ft of vertical growing space inside screened shade house that is seperated from the Specialty Plant Nursery.
Number of above acreage that you own: *
.50
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:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
For microgreens we use 450 sq ft of vertical growing space inside screened shade house that is seperated from the Specialty Plant Nursery.
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Microgreens~Piatto Fresco (the seed varieties consists of vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and a few grains)
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:
Launching Microgreens~Piatto Fresco at a new local produce store opening in Dec, 2017. We grow for local and fundraising events. Also take special orders through our website.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
N/A - I grow in pba free containers/tray, so no tillage.
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.): *
For Microgreens: natural & organic soil mix contains sphagnum peat, processed softwood bark, organic wetting agent, dolomitic limestone, Perlite and earth worm castings. (Bagged soil is on OMRI listing & registered as an organic medium). Also for our commercial chefs we grow on natural fiber mats that are aerated with needle press that are only made with all natural fibers. There are no chemicals used on this natural mat in manufacturering.
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". *
microgreen container holds 6 to 8 oz at 2 " depth (depends on container size)
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. *
At times Worm-casting tea, steeped for 24 hours is applied. Tea is made from sourced OMRI listed organic earth worm castings that is registered 100% organic.
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? *
no
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. *
Grow in screened shade house for the microgreens, weeds that grow outside the screen enclosure I use hot boiling water poured directly onto of the weed and then hand pull.
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. *
The screened shade house for the microgreens keeps the insects out. We keep closed the entrance door and should an insect get in, we catch it and release but we don't have issues.
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. *
Humidity & high heat may cause fungus or mold concerns. We operate fans to circulate the air. Also the crop rotates every 6 to 7 days so we rarely have problems; but if we do see the beginning stage of mold or fungus then tray is removed immediately and composted within our specialty nursery's grounds separated by more than 30 feet from nursery grounds.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
The nursery grounds sit on top of a ancient aquafier and this water is manually applied daily.
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. *
Buffers surrounding Microgreens screened shade house which we seek to get certified consists of both a 6' wooden fencing barrier, shrubs in front of screen shade house and also concerete structures approximately 130 feet from main roadway and 30+ feet east side of grounds which you can't see.

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 licensed and inspected by the Florida Department of Agriculture, received our PSA Grower Certificate and are FSMA compliant for our microgreens.