Produce Application

Stillwater Valley Orchard

Owner: Chad Armentrout

Address:
110 Denwood Trail
Clayton, OH 45315
Montgomery County

daytime phone: (937) 715-2587
evening phone: (937) 715-2587
Web site: http://stillwatervalleyorchard.com

Application Date: 2018-12-28

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Stillwater Valley Orchard and Apiary wishes our customers to understand when they purchase one of our products that they are grown using the healthiest and most nutritious methods.
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? *
web search

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: *
4
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.5 half acre
Fruit Crops:
2
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
garlic
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: *
We use a BCS Rotary Plow to prepare ground for crop. After crop is harvested we use a cover crop, which is later tilled into ground.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Hairy Vetch, field peas, Oats, Mustard and Rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm and household.
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". *
ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 feet
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
chicken manure aged for one year with bedding included.
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 inches deep per 36" inch row by 125 foot row
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
in July, after the garlic harvest
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. *
We have used Azomite and Basalt rock powders in our orchard and garden.
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. *
We use straw and leaf mulch to keep weeds down for garlic crop. Other vegetable crops we use weeding by hand and hand tools to keep weed in check. I use wood chips around fruit trees to keep the weeds down in the orchard.
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 insect pest is the Japanese beetle and codling moth. I primarily use homemade traps that include vinegar, some type of sweetner and water as an attractant to the trap.
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. *
Apple scab and Cedar apple rust are our primary disease challenges in our orchard. We use Serenade a organic bacteria that colonizes leaf so disease can not take hold on tree.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Personal water well.
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") *
They are grown using CNG methods.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
no
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. *
Our farm is located in a river valley surrounded by a nature reserve to the east and no where near a conventional crop field. N- woodland, S-woodland, E- woodland, flood plain, West- grass(yard)

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: