Produce & Flowers

Pure Micro-Greens LLC

Owner: Wanda Artus-Cooper

810 Manor House Dr
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Prince georges County

daytime phone: (443) 764-1477
evening phone: (443) 764-1477
Web site:

Application Date: 2019-02-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am growing GMO free, 100% pure micro-greens. I want the certification as a quality label as well as the Eastern Market in Washington DC advised me this was a good certification for their audience
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? *
Eastern Market in Washington DC
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
200 square ft indoors
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:
indoor growing room 200 square feet
Fruit Crops:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *

Please Specify Any Other Items:
Micro Greens
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: *
hydro ponic - no tilling
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. *
we us no fertilizers
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 do not have a week problem as this is an indoor grow operation.
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. *
Pure Micro-Greens does not spray any regulated herbicides, fungicides or insecticides, as doing so would negatively affect or organic concept. Pure Micro-Greens follows all prescribed recommendations for use, application rates, storage and disposal of non-regulated materials. Measures have been taken to exclude animals and pests from the full facility. Farm personnel manage pest control in lieu of a pest control service. Non-poisonous sticky traps are used at designated areas within the facility. Traps are checked weekly. To limit pest problems directly outside the facility, farm personnel keep trash and other raw materials that might attract pests picked up and disposed of properly.
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. *
E coli - all employees will be trained in food safety and personal hygiene and will be provided with a brochure of food safety requirements. Workers with intestinal illness or infectious disease will not be allowed to work in contact with fresh produce. Workers should promptly report any illness, cuts, abrasions, lesions, boils, soars, infected wounds or other injury or illness to their supervisor and seek prompt attention. Produce that has come in contact with feces, blood, saliva or other body fluids will be immediately removed from the facility and disposed of safely. Once the supervisor has been notified of any of the above conditions, they will take appropriate action to dismiss said worker. An appropriate measure for minor cuts of open soars would be a combination of leak-proof bandage as well as disposable gloves that completely cover the injury. The employee may return to work at the discretion of the supervisor. An adequately stocked first-aid kit will be available for immediate use.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

How do you select your seeds? CNG standards call for growers to make a good faith effort to locate organically grown seeds by contacting at least 3 major suppliers. *
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. *
I am over 200 feet from any other residence. The farm "Perrywood Manor" is in a residential neighborhood - about 3.5 acres. This is an indoor grow operation in my basement.


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:
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 10 x 14 and an 8 x 6 room I will use for germinating and vegetative states in my home. The grow rooms have a hepa filter, dehumidifier, heat is electric. Sprouting: Are any of your crops sprouted and/or grown outside of soil? No – this is 100% hydroponically grown and is 100% water with no additives. Growing Medium : Do you grow your crops in potting soil? If so, do you purchase it or mix your own? What ingredients does it contain? No soil is used. Growing Trays: What type of trays are you using in your operation? 100% food grade plastic 18n x 26 x3 Irrigation: What is your general irrigation set-up? What is the source of the water? I use a rainmaker spray pump to water. The source of the water is my house water, carbon filtered and pH tested to be in range of 6-6.5