Gypsy Flower FarmOwner: Sidney Egly
15115 Mount Nebo Road
Poolesville, MD 20837
daytime phone: (240) 778-4358
evening phone: (240) 778-4358
Web site: http://www.gypsyflowerfarm.com
Application Date: 2017-12-11
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I am a new and upcoming Cut Flower Farmer that will be selling my product via Markets. While growing my many varieties of flowers, I will not be using any sort of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms.
- 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? *
- Through the Eastern Farmer Market.
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: *
- A Rear-tine Tiller.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- On farm and 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". *
- 3-4 inches deep per flower bed
- 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. *
- I use agricultural lime whenever the ph of my soil is very acidic; usually only once a year if needed.
- 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. *
- My weeds are removed and controlled by hand without any use of chemicals. Upcoming challenges would be those of removing any weeds brought by the heat of this Spring and Summer 2018. I will manage these weeds by using a collinear hoe.
- 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. *
- Regular checking of flowers to make sure there are no discolored or damaged leaves and or diseased plants. Also, planting a few aromatic herbs, like yarrow, and basil are natural deterrents for garden pests from aphids to potato beetles. If a pest pressure became too much, I could use sticky traps. These are hung at plant height and would be placed very close to my plants. Yellow colored traps would attract whiteflies and leafhoppers and white traps would lure plant bugs, cucumber beetles, and flea beetles. I could also use summer horticultural oil.
- 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. *
- As stated above, there will be regular checking of flowers to make sure there are no discolored or damaged leaves and or diseased plants. Deadheading will be done when needed and appropriate watering will be used to keep the soil and plants healthy.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- I will be using the well water we have on our farm.
- 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") *
- N/A - for potting mix, I purchase soil compost with worm castings from a local farm. It contains left- over food scraps, coffee grounds, leaves, and wood that are placed in standing piles until they reach 145 degrees…killing off any pathogens. Some of the hot compost is then fed to red wiggler worms, in layered vermicompost system to make worm castings. The compost is also mixed with a little coconut coir to retain moisture, and fertilized with worm castings.
- 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. *
- My flower farm is about a mile from any open roads or streets. All neighboring land on either sides of my farm are used for corn, soy growing or just strictly open fields for horses. The nearest farm is approximately 1500 feet away, and they have not grown corn or soy in almost two years. My flower farm is more than distant and safe from any contaminations from cars, people, or chemical sprays.
- 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: