Produce Application

Dave's Backyard Farms

Owner: David Hamalian

Address:
1733 Melmar Rd
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Montgomery County

daytime phone: (215) 837-8019

Application Date: 2017-11-20

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I worked for a Certified Naturally Grown farm for a season. I believe in the peer-to-peer community and would like to be a part of it.
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? *
I worked for Living Hope Farm, a Certified Naturally Grown Farm.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
.25 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
.25
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.25
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:
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: *
BCS rotary plow for initial tillage out of sod. After that a digging fork for primary tillage and a Johnny's tilther for creating fine seed beds.
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.): *
Municipal leaf 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". *
1-2 inches of leaf compost
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. *
Aragonite and Super K with Boron from Fertrell. They are used before transplanting/seeding
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. *
bind weed is probably the worst weed. I control by digging them out. Other weeds controlled with a scuffle hoe or hand hoe. I use a silage tarp as well. I use no products.
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 main insect is cabbage worm. I intend on using row cover when colder and protectnet when hot. I'd use Bt if I must.
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. *
early blight on tomatoes really is the main disease based on gardening here in the past. I'll choose resistant tomato varieties. I intend on using preventative measures such as compost tea and regular feedings. I don't intend on spraying copper. I don't intend on growing cucurbits so I won't have an issue with cucurbit downy mildew. I will grow mainly greens and as of now do not know of any disease issues I will have with them. This will be my first year having a production oriented farm.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rain water and municipal water
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. *
This is a suburban backyard farm. To the south are woods and it is 500 feet to the next neighbors yard behind that. To the north is a road. It's a cul-de-sac. To the east and west are neighbors' backyards. They don't spray anything to my knowledge.

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:
2018 will be my first season. As of now I do not intend on using cover crops because I intend on leaving a silage tarp on the field all winter in order to encourage weeds to germinate and then die. I would definitely use cover crops once weed pressure subsides, though. Thank you.