Produce Application

Organic Unity Farm

Owner: Liqi Wei

Address:
30 Zwart Ln
Walden, NY 12586
County

Application Date: 2019-09-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a farm devoted to growing everything organically. Our neighbours saw the way we grow, so they wanted us to share our vegetables with them by setting up a farm stand. We did as their requested and quite a number of people came to us, and showed their approval. Some suggested us to get a USDA organic certificate in order to be widely recognized and approved, so we started to check online but found it’s so complicated. Occasionally we read an article in which your organization is mentioned, and we felt so happy about it, as the CNG certification is more straightforward and make things much easier. We hope through being certified by CNG, more people will know the natural way of our growing vegetables and grains and of raising our livestock. Thank You!
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? *
Read about CNG in an article online.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
39.5 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
39.5 acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
No.
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
12 acres
Fruit Crops:
o.5 acre
Hay:
9.5 acres
Grains/Beans:
17.5 acres
Sugarbush:
0 acre
Other Acreage:
0 acre
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: *
Moldboard plow & Disc plow
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Winter Rye, Raddish, Soybean
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm, local grass clippings, local dairy, and horse 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". *
5-10 tons per acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local dairy, horse farm, chick farm, pig 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". *
3-15 tons per acre according to the different types of manure and crops.
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. *
Organic fish fertilizer, used on rice seedlings once, on soybeans once, and on peanut plants once. Used Pioneer Valley BrixBlend Basalt (https://rockdustlocal.com/pioneer-valley-basalt.html) in paddy field before transplanting and partially used before sowing soybeans. ingredients: 100% natural stone material. Pioneer Valley Basalt BrixBlend: Typical Geochemical Analysis % weight: SiO2 49.3%, Al2O3 13.3%, Fe2O3 13.8%, MnO .2%, MgO 5.8%, CaO 9.2%, Na2O 3.14%, K2O .97%, TiO2 .97 %, P2O5 .15% Agricultural lime (https://www.nutrienagsolutions.com/products/fertilizer-nutritionals) used in some field to neutralize soil PH before planting according to the soil test report, used on some plants like carrots, cabbage, radish, pepper, ad peanut as a spot treatment in fields. Except these, no other fertilizer treatment has been used in the fields. Ingredients: Minimum CaO 41.5% Minimum MgO 9.7% Minimum Total Oxides 51.1% CACO3 Equivalent 98.4% ENV 99.7%
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. *
Mostly annual broadleaf weeds, lambsquarters, thatch, dandelion, nepal dock and some other weeds. Mulch covering, mechanical tilling using John Deere with tiller or cultivator attachments, and hand weeding with hand tools and manually. For our vegetables, the weeds are a big challenge. Except for mulch covering, we mainly use hand weeding with hand tools and manually. For our soybeans, when the weeds are 3 inches high, we will till the weeds for the first time. When the new weeds grow 3 inches high, we will till them the second time. When the soybeans plants are too high to use tillers, we will weed weeds between the plants with hand tools and manually for the third time. For the corn, when the weeds are 3 inches high, we will till the weeds for the first time. When the new weeds grow 3 inches high, we will till or weed them with tiller or weeder the second time, and weed with hand tools and manually. At this time, we will ridge the corn to cover the weeds. When the corn plants are too high to use tillers, we will deal with weeds between the plants with hand tools and manually for the third time.
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. *
Flea beetles on cucumbers and squashes, young plants are serious. Mainly use Diatomaceous Earth to control them. Apply once per 5-7 days. Cucumber beetles on Cucurbitaceae plants like pumpkin, squash, watermelon, loofah are serious. We have used “Insect Lure” to control them. Leaf hoppers on broad beans, green beans, potatoes and peanuts are serious. Use Pyrethrin once a week on first sighting on affected crops. Release Trichogramma brassicae before and after the corn tassels appear to control corn stem borer. Leaf hoppers, cucumber beetles, European corn borer are the worst. Use Pyrethrin to control rice stem borer, apply once a week when discover them.
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. *
Various bacterial and fungus diseases, like bacterial wilt on pepper, eggplant, cucumber, verticillium wilt on eggplant, powdery mildew on pumpkin and potatoes, early blight and late blight, bacterial soft rot on potatoes, rice neck blast. We use baking soda, neem oil, lime liquid, plant ash, Monterey Bt Liquid Concentrate, copper fungicide as per label. We consult with Cornell University as necessary to identify problems and find organic solutions. We will be adopting a stricter and more rigorous cultural management plan for 2020 to prevent bacterial and fungus diseases.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water and private pond water.
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. *
We have 3 separate parcels. One parcel is bordered by town roads (North), 6-9 meters away from the road. The North of one parcel and the West of another parcel is bordered with one lawn field which is currently corn field. The other three sides of the 3 parcels are bordered by natural woods barrier (East, West, South), 12 meters away from the neighbours corn field (West). Our own property with 5.33 acres of main house, barns, lawn, pond, road, and parking area, etc. in the center to separate the 3 parcels.

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. *
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