Love 'n Fresh FlowersOwner: Jennie Love
daytime phone: (215) 804-9056
Web site: http://www.lovenfreshflowers.com
Application Date: 2019-09-25
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I've been committed to natural growing practices for over a decade and just recently learned about your organization. Getting certified organic was too complicated/costly. I like the sound of CNG and have heard good things from fellow farmers!
- 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? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- An article in the Cut Flower Quarterly, the publication for the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG).
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:
- Weddings and Special Event Floral Design
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- No-Till entirely as of 2019
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Buckwheat, vetch, cow peas, mustards, clover, rye, winter wheat, radish
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Purchased complete from Henry Got Crops, a composting operation near our 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". *
- 2-3 inches deep
- 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. *
- Organic amendments from Fertrell that vary each season according to soil test results. Currently applying soil mineralizer, cotton seed meal, kelp meal, and a custom blend 4-8-8 that's all organic (would have to ask my Fetrell rep for the full analysis). Amendments are applied usually once a season, most frequently in the fall.
- 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. *
- Lots of weeds! Crab grass is our worst. Some thistle issues in the past but those seem to be resolving as we've adopted no-till. Spiny amaranth is another culprit. We tackle weeds by hand-pulling weeds in actively growing beds. Beds that are being put to rest, brought out of cover crop, or have gotten out of control with a nasty weed problem (i.e., the thistle) get covered with a heavy tarp for 3 weeks to a year, depending on how severe the problem might be. No herbicide has ever been used on the farm in the 10 years of growing.
- 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. *
- We had a lot of insect pressure early on in the farm's existence, but those have largely disappeared at this point. We do not spray anything -- even organic sprays -- for insects. Instead we rely on our abundant bird population to handle the typical big nasty pests for flowers: cucumber beetle, Japanese beetle, and grasshoppers. For smaller pests like aphids, we have a hefty population of beneficial insects fighting the good fight for us, primarily parasitic wasps and lady beetles. In our hoop houses, lady beetles are released in February and March to combat the early flush of aphids that is inevitable in a closed growing space. Out in the field, we grow lots of perennial shrubs, which provide tremendous habitat for birds and beneficials. I do not anticipate a serious pest challenge arising and would certainly never apply any pesticide.
- 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. *
- Powdery mildew is a frequent problem in our zinnias. We do not apply any fungicides or other products. Rather, we plant multiple successions of zinnias so when an older stand of them gets powdery mildew, we rip that stand out and have a fresh younger bed of zinnias that don't have PM yet. We have had issues with crown gall in our dahlias and aster yellows in rudbeckia. There's not much to be done about either of those. We just live with the mutant blooms...sometimes they're even really cool!
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Well water.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- 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? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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") *
- I'm not sure exactly what CNG methods are yet for growing transplants. We use ProMix soil in 128 trays mostly. We add worm castings and screened compost to the ProMix. Seed is untreated, though sometimes it is pelletized (in clay, I believe) because it's super tiny seed. Seedlings are sprayed with fish emulsion as they are growing on. They're on heat mats until they germinate. Would be happy to learn about new methods if those do not meet CNG standards.
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- Farmer Bailey Plugs Spring Meadow Nursery North Creek Nursery
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- I haven't. I'll make sure to ask!
- Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
- I'm really not sure. I will have to research this. Much of what we buy in are perennials and shrubs like hydrangeas and peonies.
- 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. *
- The farm is surrounded by woods and meadow...several acres to the north and east. The other two sides are largely wooded but do contain homes (each home sits on a 4+/- acre lot). These neighbors are all pretty committed to natural practices and lovers of wildlife. To my knowledge, no one is spraying anything. There are no other farms nearby. The nearest road is 300+ yards away and it's not heavily traveled.
- 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: