Produce & Flowers

White Feather Farm

Owner: Dallas McCann

Address:
1389 Rt. 212
Saugerties, NY 12477
Ulster County

daytime phone: (661) 703-4489
Web site: http://whitefeatherfarm.org/

Application Date: 2019-09-11

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
White Feather Farm is committed to the highest level of sustainable practices. Our organizational mission statement is to provide ecological agriculture education and nutritious food to the local community while creating a model for sustainability in the Hudson Valley. We are applying to be a part of the Certified Naturally Grown to show our commitment to these practices to our customers as well as joining a collective of growers who share similar values.
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? *
Research into alternatives to organic certification.
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: *
2.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
5
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 acre
Fruit Crops:
1 acre
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
.5 in flowers, misc, and chickens
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). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We are moving to a no till system. Currently do not use a tiller, but we do use a power herro, and a broad fork. We also mulch and compost heavily, with our primary goal being building healthy soil.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Yes we use a variety of different cover crops depending on the use of the the bed. We use winter rye, vetch, tillage radish, pea and oats. We are still looking to add additional cover crops to our system.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Composting System We acquire bulk organic materials from all organic local businesses, mulch, hay, horse manure, and wood chips. The wood chips are put in a chicken run for several months at a time The manure comes already aged but we put it in a pile and cover it for several more months. We pick up organic juice pulp and organic coffee grounds from local businesses. The coffee grounds are put in a pile and allowed to age for 2 months. The juice pulp is aged for 1 month and then added in layers to the compost pile. We cut down green weeds and plants that we grow for the compost, comfrey, dandelion, vegetable scraps from the farm and produce that is unable to be processed for consumption. We take all the materials listed and after the aging process we layer them in the compost pile. We cover the compost pile with a tarp, and bring the compost pile to 150 degrees or higher and we monitor the temperature. When the temperature starts to dip below 100 degrees we turn the compost pile. We then bring the compost pile up to 150 degrees. We continue this process of turning the compost and bringing it up for temp for 3 additional rounds.
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". *
1.5 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We got horse manure from a friend that does not spray any horse fly spray or pesticdies. The horses are feed organic hay. We collect the manure and we age it for 6 months. After aging it for 6 months we add it to the compost, layering it in and continuing the aging process.
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". *
Applied with compost
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
When applying compost
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. *
We use only organic OMRI down to earth alfalfa meal, blood meal, bone meal, and bat guano Alfalfa Meal: 2.5-0.5-2.5 100% alfalfa meal Blood Meal: 12-0-0 100% Dried blood Bone Meal: 3-15-10 100% Bone meal Bat Guano: 9-3-1 100% Bat Guano *Horse manure mentioned above as well We also harvest bat guano from an old and unused barn.
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. *
The primary weed problem that we deal with is horsetail. We manage for it by flame weeding, laying down brown paper mulch and hard wood mulch, as well as continuously working to raise the soil and adjust the habitat so it is no longer a hospitable environment for horsetail while building healthier soil overall. We use mulch that is made on site and acquired from a neighbor.
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. *
The major pests we dealt with this year were colorado potato beetle, feel bettle, various caterpillars including hornworms, and squash bores. We apply alternating organic pesticides in succession. We apply BT, Neem oil, horsetail tea, compost tea, handpicking and we run chickens through the field in the spring before crops are planted. We also use a flame weeder on beds after we harvest if pest problems are bad.
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. *
We don’t have major disease issues right now but we do occasionally deal with powdery mildew. To combat powdery mildew we remove infected plants and spraying horsetail tea, hydrogen peroxide and potassium bicarbonate on plants that are only mildly affected.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use a mix of overhead irrigation and drip line irrigation that is powered by solar panels. All irrigation is done with an on site pond. We use hugelkultur methods to help with water retention in the soil. We also have one dry farmed field in cultivation.
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. *
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? *
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? *
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. *
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. *
The farm is located at the center of the property. The fields are approximately 200 meters from the road. The neighbors to the east, south, and north do not use their property for agricultural purposes. The property to the west of us is used for cattle. This property is over 200 meters from the field.

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:
We are dedicated to using sustainable and natural methods and making continuous improvements as we grow.