Produce Application

Birdhous L3C

Owner: Jes Scribner

Address:
43 FULTON LANE
Barton, VT 05822
Orleans County

Web site: http://Birdhous.org

Application Date: 2020-06-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Birdhous is designed as a co-working landscape, meant to provide an opportunity for affordable housing and land access to folks who may not otherwise have access through more conventional means. This effort to tip the scales of inequality must (and has always) include(d) a commitment to sustainable and regenerative farming practices. We don't believe the conventional USDA organic label to stand reflect our interests: as the barriers to entry are incredibly high for new and beginning farmers, and the standards by which "organic" is certified have been loosened to include the use of some pesticides as well as soil-less growing methods. We are eager to make our commitments to truly natural growing methods known to our customers, community, and co-horts, and believe being certified through this program to be an accessible and viable first step to hold ourselves and those we support accountable to this earth-first ethos.
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? *
A former participant in our Residential "Roosting Program" brought home a brochure last summer.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1-10
Number of above acreage that you own: *
49
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1-8
Fruit Crops:
1-2
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
39
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: *
Rear tine tiller is used to break new ground-- from there we dig trenches to build permanent raised beds which are prepared in future seasons via broadfork. We find heavily mulching our beds in the fall makes for an easy no till operation after the initial ground breaking
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oats, Vetch, Buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
VT Compost Company, or Produced 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". *
2 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
from our animals on farm -- throughly composted before use !!
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". *
2 inches deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring -- FULLY COMPOSTED!!
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. *
worm castings -- on farm production or Black Dirt Farm
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? *
yes
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. *
Heavily mulched with hay or wood chips depending on the application/veg
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. *
Hands on bug squeezing -- DE -- homemade hot pepper spray Crop rotation is vital in managing potential infestations
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. *
Our most likely disease challenge is potato blight, given this is the largest single crop we grow -- we rotate the crop onto new land each season and interplant with companions and pest deterrents
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private 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

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. *
We favor heirloom varieties -- All Seeds are purchased from High Mowing Organic Seeds (local), the Maine Potato Lady, and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
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
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
Purchase
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Fort Vee from Vermont Compost Company -- certified for Organic Growers
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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. *
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. *
River and riparian zone to the east Road and forest to the north Forest to the west Treeline to the south b/w next residential yard, at least 100 yards from our crop

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: