Produce & Flowers

Project EATS

Owner: Linda Bryant

111 Sunken Garden Loop
New York, NY 10035
New york County

Mailing Address:
336 W. 37th Street
Ste. 1040
New York, NY 10018

daytime phone: (212) 612-1528
Web site:

Application Date: 2019-08-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
To be a part of the Certificated Naturally Grown program is the stamp of approval and confirmation that our farms are prepared and go beyond the standard measure to ensure quality products.
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? *
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
Certified Naturally Grown
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
We were formerly certified with this organization, Certified Naturally Grown.
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: *
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:
Fruit Crops:
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: *
We aim to disturb the soil as little as possible in order to maintain soil structure and promote nutrient cycling through preserving biological activity. STEP 1: Soil is aerated by gently lifting the soil with a broadfork or garden fork, depending on whether we are growing in-ground or above ground. STEP 2: The soil seedbed is created by using the Johnny’s Tilther to incorporate amendments, or where the soil is heavy, we simply rake it or break it up using a wheel hoe.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Cover crops have been used in the past. Last year crimson clover was used. If we do not use a cover crop, beds are tarped for overwintering.
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Yes. Compost is used extensively across our farm sites. Purchased complete. DSNY, McEnroe Farm, Ward's Island has used Earth Care Farm for their SARE Grant Project
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". *
This volume varies by site. As all of our sites where we use above ground planters: MGA, Essex and St Barnabas, are comprised of a compost-based soil mix, application of compost may only occur every few years, as the volume of soil medium begins to shrink
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. *
Mason City By-Products Hydrolyzed Feather Meal 13-0-0 Dehy Alfalfa Meal 3-2-2 Potassium Sulfate Allganic Brand Water Soluble SOP (0-0-52) NOP approved dry amendments are used extensively at the beginning of the season, as well as at the point of turnover, to provide Nitrogen as well as supplement nutrient deficiencies (primarily Potassium).
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. *
Bindweed, Lambsquarters, Pigweed, Crabgrass, Chickweed, Purslane, Nutsedge, Thistle Our weed control method is universal across our farm sites. The first objective is not allowing weeds to take hold by removing them before they reach a reproductive stage of development. Our aim is to weed and cultivate every square foot of production space weekly. This entails removing by hand all weeds larger than one inch in height, being sure to remove any weeds that grow by sending down a taproot. We identify weeds that grow by taproots and rhizomes by digging down with a cobrahead weeding hook and being sure to remove the whole root system. Our no-till approach is attempting to cut down on some of our more problematic weed issues.
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. *
Aphids: Agribon fabric and if an infestation is noted we will apply Neem oil before it gets out of control Flea Beetles: Agribon fabric Whitefly: Neem oil, or more likely if the infestation has gotten out of hand, remove the crop entirely until seasonality permits Tomato horn worm: We have a good population of parasitic wasps, but we will remove them by hand more often than not
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. *
Haven’t noticed a whole lot of disease challenges. We’ve done a pretty handy job of warding off early blight on our tomatoes by moving them under hoophouses Bacterial wilt on cucuribits inevitably sets in, but our cucumber beetle population is pretty manageable.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City water siphoned from fire hydrants or from our development partners facilities.
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? 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? *
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. *
Ward’s: North - Help USA Campus - Homeless Shelter dwelling and recreational facilities, South - Park land - ball fields (synthetic turf) and other shelter facilities, East - Park land - ball fields (synthetic turf) and other shelter facilities, West - Ball fields (synthetic turf) and other parks & recreation areas MGA: N - School and parking areas, S - Urban housing and shops, E - Street, urban housing W - Street, urban housing and recreation facility Essex Rooftop: N - Residential tower/urban development, S - Residential tower (street below), E - Adjacent building facilities for adjoining building/ New building development under contstruction, W - (street below) urban development SBH Rooftop: Building is highest point in vicinity, streets and urban development below


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:
We have four locations - Project EATS at Wards/Randalls Island (Manhattan) Project EATS at Essex Crossing (Manhattan) Project EATS at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx) Project EATS at MGA - Marcus Garvey Apartments (Brooklyn)