Produce Application

Arden Farm

Owner: Tripp Eldridge

Address:
2835 Arden Park Drive
Wellington, FL 33470
Palm beach County

Mailing Address:
Arden Farm
2005 Vista Pkwy #112,
West Palm Beach, FL 33411

daytime phone: (561) 508-0835
evening phone: (561) 508-0835
Web site: http://www.ardenfl.com

Application Date: 2018-06-28

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Arden Farm is the centerpiece of South Florida's first Agrihood, located in Wellington FL. The farm is supported by the community's HOA, and acts as an amenity for the homeowners. Beyond raising food, Arden Farm celebrates the Agrihood lifestyle with workshops, events, and volunteer opportunities. Having a peer reviewed certification is important to us because it demonstrates our strict growing standards and commitment to safeguarding land and water resources while growing the highest quality vegetables, flowers, herbs and tropical fruits.
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've had the pleasure of working with farms in the past that have carried CNG certification.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
.5
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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:
Agrihood

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Disc
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Summer: Crotolaria, Pearl Millet, Sudex Winter: Buckwheat, Rye, Vetch
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Atlas Peat & Soil, locally produced
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" deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Wellington Horse Farms: Horse manure is aged and turned before incorporating with the purchased blend of wood chip and pine compost from Atlas Peat & Soil.
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" deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Summer
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. *
None to date.
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. *
Purple & Yellow Nutsedge - dense cover cropping, tarping, stale seed-bed
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. *
Primary insect pests are flea beetles, cucumber beetle and cabbage worms which will be controlled with row covers and/or Surround Kaolin spray/dip (physical barrier). Surround would be used up until flower and fruit set, frequency depending upon rainfall. Surround may also be used in fruit orchard. Actively aerated compost tea made on the farm may also be used. As well, all IPM methods work in conjunction with Biological insectary borders integrated throughout the acreage, and especially in proximity to the vegetable production areas.
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. *
Mildew, Blights and cankers: We are planting resistant varieties and will commit to pruning affected branches and maintaining air flow. We will be testing actively aerated compost teas to combat rots. To prevent wilts in the field, we control the vector of flea beetles via physical barriers of row covers and/or surround kaolin clay. Past that, we will commit to a multi-year rotation and refrain from walking through fields when wet.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
The farm uses surface water for its field irrigation. Four 25hp pumps steadily supply the irrigation needs of the farm and community landscape from the 110 acre Arden Lake at the center of the development. All of Arden is graded to sustainably recharge the central lake during rain events, with planted buffers, including littoral plants serving to filter runoff feeding into the lake. We regularly test irrigation water for E. Coli. We use only municipal water for any post-harvest washing.
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 - we use OMRI soil mix from McEnroe. We follow the CNG seed standards.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Banner Greenhouses
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). *
We will purchase some perennial herbs, shrubs and fruit trees that will not be sold as CNG until after 12 months from time of planting.
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. *
We have a 50' buffer surrounding the farm planted with native Oaks, Pines, and Magnolias and an understory of fire bush, thryallis, and coco plum. Beyond that, there is an asphalt road and parking that surrounds the farm on all sides and past that road there is landscaped sod and plant beds that are conventionally maintained by a landscaping company. We have a no spray/fert policy within 50’ of our farm fields.

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: