The Kran FarmOwner: Jorge Granados & Kyle Krannenbitter
Fawn Grove, PA
daytime phone: (410) 805-9072
Application Date: 2018-08-14
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We have been practicing organic methods on farming and raising our produce and poultry. We are now ready to share our values, the way we raise, care for our food and health to other people within our communities.
- 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? *
- Online- school and instagram
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: *
- Hand till or push tiller
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Organic Rye Grass (summer and winter) Organic red/white Clover Organic buckwheat Organic Oats Organic wheat
- Do you use Compost? *
- 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. *
- Neptune’s Harvest hydrolyzed Fish Fertilizer; 2-4-1 (OMRI approved) used as needed. Usually during transplanting.
- 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. *
- We use weed barriers as well as cover crops to suppress our weeds. We also use a push pull hoe that allows us to weed more effectively and efficiently. We also hand weed and use plastic mulch on a few of our rows.
- 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. *
- We don't have much pest issues due to the order of our planting per fields (plant beneficial flower,herbs). We also use insect nets and covers to prevent our crops from being attacked by pest. We use a few types of plastic mulch for example metallic plastic mulch to prevent pest on our zucchini and squash plants.
- 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. *
- Right now our disease challenges are at minimum. When our zucchini plants got powdery mildew after a week of rain and high moisture and humidity, I removed all my zucchini plants and placed the away from any other plants. diseases that are common in our area include Septoria leaf spot Early blight Late blight Bacterial wilt Powdery mildews Septoria leaf spot- - Use proper crop rotation (at least 1 year). - Use plastic mulch to reduce contact between the soil and leaves. - Stake plants (tomatoes) for air circulation and to avoid leaves from remaining wet. ** Also sanitizing tools and equipment is very important at our farm; stops any diseases from spreading (before and after). Early blight - - examine our tomato/potato plants daily. - Eliminate weeds, remove extra branches. - Avoid watering plants leaves (overhead irrigation) to prevent early blight from occurring. - Practice good crop rotation to reduce the chance of any diseases. Late blight – - For tomatoes and potatoes; we plant early in the season to avoid high disease pressure. - Pulling the plant out from the roots and bag them so we won’t spread the disease. - Eliminate after harvest. Bacterial wilt – - Crop rotations (1-3 years more). - Planting cover crops - Grafting tomato seedling. - Planting resistant varieties. - Controlling cucumber beetles Powdery mildews- - Adequate plant spacing; very important to avoid spread of disease. - Removing weeds. - Removing affected plants.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Main water comes from our house well.
- 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 - We use Johnny’s 512 mix. 512 Mix is made from a 1/2" screened blend of sphagnum (brown) and sedge (black) peat mosses, compost and perlite. It’s also certified as organic. We also use Lambert LM-111 Organic All Purpose. Mix is a blend of coarse premium Canadian sphagnum peat moss, chunks and perlite with an organic wetting agent and an extended-release organic fertilizer. It’s also OMRI listed.
- 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 property is located in the center of wooded area and our neighbors are over 100 yards from our livestock and gardens. We have woods/trees protecting us from south and north. We also have signs on our property notifying our neighbors not to spray and to watch for the wind IF spraying
- 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: