Produce & Flowers

Escarpment Gardens

Owner: Joey Lemieux

487151 30th Side Rd.
Mono, ON L9V 1G9
Dufferin County

daytime phone: (519) 217-5201
Web site:

Application Date: 2019-02-19

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I would like to improve and grow my herbal tea business and feel that being part of the Certified Naturally Grown program would help me to provide the best product I can for my customers.
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? *
From Jeff Chalmers & Debbie Gray of the Heritage Bee Company in Mulmur, Ontario.
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: *
10 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
10 acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
2 acres wild and cultivated berries
Other Acreage:
3 acres wild herbs, half acre cultivated herbs
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *

Please Specify Any Other Items:
I also sustainably wild harvest tree barks, needles and leaves
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:
Cafes, Farm Stores and Bed & Breakfasts

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Minimal tillage with hand tools.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
plant material from the farm, exclusively leaves and plants.
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". *
up to 30 wheelbarrow loads per year piled up and used for garden bed compost the following year, providing an least an inch of covering for my 2000 square foot raised bed garden.
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. *
I provide fertilizer to my garden with mulches made from hand weeded plants that grow wild on the farm and also tree leaves.
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. *
I do a lot of hand weeding to use for mulch to use in the garden. The herbal teas that are the product that my farm exclusively produces include a good proportion of sustainably wild harvested ingredients which does require constant hand weeding during growth and harvest.
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. *
Each plant, berry, tree bark and root is inspected during the growing season and during harvest for signs of insect and other animal presence or damage which if there is any, are discarded into an isolated pile on the farm. Then before dehydration begins all plant material is inspected again and rinsed. After dehydration all material is inspected again before breaking down for storage and then again before placing in tea bags.
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. *
I occasionally encounter leaf and fruit mildew damage. When it is encountered the plants and/or fruits are unusable and are discarded in my isolated plant and fruit damage pile.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
All irrigation comes from the farms drilled well.
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 potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
If any transplants are not grown according to CNG standards, please list them here. (If they all are, put "N/A".) This produce may not be marketed as Certified Naturally Grown. *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
Please describe the sources of your transplants. *
Richter's Herbs in Good Wood, Ontario. They provide certified organic and naturally grown plant seedlings. I also purchase from Whiffletree Farm & Nursery near Elora, Ontario which provide organically grown fruit trees and berry plants.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
I have personally spoken with each supplier to confirm that the transplants are not grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents.
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). *
I have purchased some perennials longer than 12 months in the past that where conventionally grown but they have been grown naturally since that time. I have two main suppliers mentioned above that I order from each season.
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. *
On the south border of my 10 acre farm is the main road. on the other side of the road is a property of approximately 100 acres that only has hay harvested. On the East, West and North sides of the farm are other treed residential parcels.


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:
Escarpment Gardens is an herbal tea farm that either grows its ingredients naturally or sustainably wild harvests them. I also have family land an hour north of my 10 acre farm where I harvest wild pears . I would love to include the pears in the CNG program but understand of this is too logistically complicated to include. Thank you.