Land Reef FarmsOwner: Jonathan Kline
1027 Carbondale Way
Gambrills, MD 21054
Anne arundel County
daytime phone: (717) 333-9708
Web site: http://www.landreeffarms.com
Application Date: 2018-11-09
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- Land Reef Farms, LLC envisions a world in which all people increase health and happiness by having access to a sustainable food source whose production and delivery also improves the overall environmental health of our planet. We strive to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable, pure, local food production by using integrated farming and closed-loop ecosystem technologies to inspire the conservation of Earth’s resources for the future of every creature. Land Reef Farms produces several varieties of pure, naturally-grown, fresh microgreens to local restaurants and individual consumers. To uphold it's lofty sustainability mission, we operate a "less-than-zero" carbon footprint farm by deriving all required energy from a 5 kilowatt solar array. We also adhere to a strict no-waste policy in a climate-controlled, biosecure, indoor growing facility that produces high-quality food year round. Land Reef Farms, LLC provides naturally-grown produce to consumers and now wishes to formally join the Certified Naturally Grown program in order to increase brand value via customer confidence and begin working with other Certified Naturally Grown entities.
- 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? *
- A web search for obtaining an Organic designation from the USDA led me to seek alternate solutions for my small business.
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:
- Approximately twenty different varieties of Microgreens.
- 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: *
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- 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. *
- 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. *
- Common weeds in our area are lambsquarters, crabgrass and chickweed. That being said, the only possible weed source in our farm would be as a contaminate in our seed source or that which is carried in by a human. Weeds at the microgreen stage are difficult to identify from surrounding plants, but would be managed by hand pulling if noticed.
- 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 challenges to be found and dealt with might be: fruit flies. We use a vacuum to remove flying insects when noticed.
- 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. *
- Primary disease challenge is the fungal problem that causes "damping off". We manage fungal problems by using hydroponic grow media, not over-seeding our grow media, only watering plants from the bottom after germination and sterilizing all grow infrastructure with 3% hydrogen peroxide.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We use municipal water that has been filtered from our refrigerator to remove the chlorine and chloramines. We pH adjust the water to between 6 and 6.5.
- 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? *
- 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. *
- We have converted the bottom floor of our townhouse home into an indoor growing facility. Our home is in the suburbs. To the North, there is the wall of our home beyond which are several attached townhomes. To the South, there is the wall of our house beyond which is a 40 foot breezeway before the next townhome row starts. The breezeway has a sidewalk and two small side yards with a lawn. To the West is the wall of our home, beyond which lies the parking lot for all the townhomes in our area. There is a small patch of grass in our front yard here and some landscaping near our home. To the East is the wall of our home, beyond with lies a very small, fenced-in backyard. The doors to our home remain closed year-round except to enter and exit the dwelling, and the windows stay closed year-round. We have the ac/heating unit fan on constantly and a high-grade filter is in place in the hvac system.
- 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:
- Microgreens specific questions: Growing Conditions: Could you provide a brief description of your operation? (ie how many feet?, in a greenhouse or other indoor setting?) I have a small 15x20 foot indoor setting for now. I created a proof of principle aquaponic system that has happily exceeded all my expectations. I also use the space for growing microgreens, which as previously mentioned are a stand-alone endeavor. All air pumps, water pumps, lighting, cooling and heating are driven by my 5kw solar array with backup power supplies in place for the air and water pumps. Sprouting: Are any of your crops sprouted and/or grown outside of soil? Microgreens are started without soil on coco coir mats (1/4 inch thick). A predetermined amount of seed (by weight) is spread onto the coco mats using as much aseptic technique as possible without harming the seeds. Mats are placed in food-safe, LDPE pizza proofing trays and initially watered from above. I then cover the trays and place the microgreens into a propagation chamber that I purchased. I have a water bath and small fan in the bottom of the chamber with an air stone bubbling in the water bath to increase the humidity inside the chamber to between 70-90%. The incubator temperature is kept at ambient air temperatures for the room (74 F). What is your general irrigation set-up? What is the source of the water? I currently water the microgreens from above during germination and initial sprouting using a 2 gallon pump sprayer. After they have been uncovered and moved from the propagation chamber to the lighting rack, I carefully water them from below using the same pump sprayer. I use municipal water that has been filtered through the refrigerator using a Frigidaire, PureSource Ultra (ULTRAWF) filter. I bring the water to room temperature and then pH adjust it to between 6 and 6.5 using RealLemon lemon juice (~1ml/gallon). Seed Sourcing: all seeds are source organic/CNG