Produce Application

Grand River Gardens

Owner: Elaine O'Sullivan

Address:
Concession 6-7, 322345
Grand Valley, ON L9W 0X3
County

daytime phone: +1 289-990-7973
Web site: http://www.grandrivergardens.ca

Application Date: 2019-04-06

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Because I believe in Grassroots organizations. Organic certification is more complex it seems and more expensive so CNG seems more appealing from that point of view. I like the idea of peer inspection. I want to have some accountability to show my customers and CSA members that I am growing naturally. I believe it is good for marketing and appealing to the potential customers I wish to target.
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? *
Social Media. A farmer relatively close to us got certified and I noticed it on his instagram page.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0.5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.5
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Minimal tillage; some rototilling; some tarping
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Barley, oats, peas, rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm
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 inch deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Goats on farm that I lease my acreage on
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". *
1-2inches deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Fall
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. *
"Drammatic K Liquid Fish with Kelp"
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. *
Twitch grass is a problem. I edge beds, lay down tarps and weed by hand to control. Other weeds are all hand weeded using trowel or hoe or area may be covered by a tarp for a period of time as to kill the weeds. Sometimes whipper snipper is used to keep weeds down.
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 are flea beetles, cucumber beetles and potato bugs. Row cover is used for flea and cucumber beetles. I have tried using diatemaceous earth in the past. I sometimes use insect tape. For potato bugs I hand pick them as soon as possible.
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 mold/mildew and blight. For mold and mildew I simply try to space plants far enough apart that air can circulate around and between them. I also try to choose mold/mildew tolerant varieties of seed. For blight I try to plant tomatoes and potatoes as early in the season as possible so that I have ripe fruit to harvest before blight kills off plants. I try to plant them in a more sheltered area where they are less exposed to wind borne blight.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water on farm. Water is tested annually.
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
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. *
My crops are grown in the centre of a 90 acre farm that practices organic farming methods where no chemicals are sprayed on crops. To the south and west there is a road and then conventional agricultural fields which rotate between corn and soy beans it seems. These fields are about 1km away from my crops. To the north is a wooded area, river and campground beyond. To the east is housing and the highway (again about 1km away from my crops).

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: