Produce Application

Rosy Goat Farm

Owner: Trisha Tinker

Address:
233 Upper Church Street
Gilbertville, MA 01031
Worcester County

daytime phone: (774) 922-9307
Web site: http://www.rosygoatfarm.com

Application Date: 2018-04-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We want to offer a certification to our customers, but organic certification is too expensive for our little farm and one paycheck. We do use organic practices and feed. We love our family and want to eat the best we can provide, whether it’s eating fruit or produce, or feeding the animals we eat with that fruit and produce. We feel that the organic label has lost its meaning. I like what you guys stand for, and feel good about applying, and actually buying from CNG farms.
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 believe it was Central Mass grown, or, an internet search.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
All of it
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
None
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Half acre
Fruit Crops:
Half acre
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:
Web site and Facebook page

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We don’t till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Winter rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm
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". *
10 wheelbarrows or more in that acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Our own from goats and chickens added to compost, as well as the animals and poultry free ranging.
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". *
The manure goes in the compost which is about 10 to 15 barrow fuels to the acre depending on whether it’s me or my husband pushing the wheel barrow
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring, and reapply when needed
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
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. *
Azomite Organic tomato tone which has Hydrolyzed Feather Meal, Pasteurized Poultry Manure, Bone Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Greensand, Humates, Sulfate of Potash, and Gypsum and beneficial Bacillus sp.
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. *
Thistles, dig them out before the grow beyond a rosette. Bittersweet. That’s a hard one. We cut it down and dig it up.
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. *
Japanese beetles -we use milky spore, applied it last year and the year before, and I don’t know why the chickens and ducks won’t eat them
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. *
Rust-and Downey mildew, I use serenade garden disease control concentrate that I reapply after rain and use at least once a week, sometimes every second week.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use well water, rain water and we have two springs and a stream that dries up in late summer
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 -- The potting mix is our own aged composted manure and pine shavings mixed with our own wood chips. I have a pile of saplings to put through the wood chipper as soon as this weather cooperates. We gather our maple and black walnut leaves and some lawn clippings to throw in the compost. I also have a compost tumbler for kitchen scraps that cannot be thrown to the chickens or pigs. I have an ample supply of nettles to use as a compost starter.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
We buy organic transplants from our local Co-op
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
None.
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. *
There is a road along the south of our property that has a 6 foot space to the wall, the wall is 4 feet thick. There is an overgrown hedge along the inside, about 3-4 feet, and electric fencing 3 feet back from that, also, its a back road with low traffic. Our orchard and garden are back twenty five feet back from the road.. To our north is a hayfield, to our west is woods, and the farmhouse is on the east. Our neighbor has a large lawn that he mows, doesn’t use anything on it.

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 live on this farm, I will not violate my beautiful space with conventional fertilizer. I grew up on a farm in Ireland where the farmers used old fashioned methods to take care of the land.