Produce Application

Farm & Hand, LLC

Owner: Nicolas Esposito

92 Sand Spring Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
Morris County

daytime phone: (973) 906-9968
Web site:

Application Date: 2018-03-02

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a small family farm specializing in flowers and herbs. We feel very strongly about growing all of our products without the use of any pesticides or chemical fertilizers of any kind. We are very small only growing on about 2.5 acres, but abide by organic standards and permaculture principles.
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 application process of farmer’s markets

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2.5 acres
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:
.5 acre
Fruit Crops:
.5 acre
Other Acreage:
Flowers 1.5 acres
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:
Local delivery service

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No till, deep mulch with decomposed wood chips and compost.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Field peas, oats and hairy vetch for spring cover crop Winter rye, field peas, rye grass, crimson clover, and hairy vetch for fall green manure cover
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Our chickens generate a large amount of compost from organic kitchen scraps, expired plants, grass clippings, etc... We also collect, shred and compost all leaves and grass on the property. The basis of our growing system is decomposed wood chips from local tree services
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". *
8 cu yds of compost per 5,000 sq ft
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. *
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. *
Because we use deep mulch growing beds and our growing area is relatively small compared to most farms, we are able to manage by manual removal of weeds, which are sparse and easy to pull from the wood chips.
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. *
Our primary pests challenges are aphids, potato beetle and cabbage moth. We stopped growing brassicas in the spring/summer and just for fall crops and that has nearly eliminated any issue. For the potato beetle we have in the past removed by hand, but are trying to develop our beneficial insect population from native plantings and such. For the aphids we plan to use the same strategy.
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. *
In three years of growing on this property we have not yet encountered any disease issues and have had very health plants from crop rotation, crop diversity, permaculture growing principles, and beneficial insect attractant plants. If we encountered a disease issue we would probably remove the crop and discontinue growing until we could determine the issue and whether it could be sown in the future.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We hand water with public water here in Harding Township, NJ. Our deep mulching beds require little water outside of natural rain.
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 growing area is located at least 500 ft from the roadway and we have a healthy amount of trees on our property. conventional pumpkins are grown up the road about 1000 feet or more


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: