Produce & Flowers

JGI Farms

Owner: Jeffery Belum

Address:
172 Shoemaker Road
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Cumberland County

daytime phone: (856) 207-2576
evening phone: (856) 455-7250

Application Date: 2021-01-20

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We sell directly to consumers, other farms and retail markets/stands. We would like certification to help with marketing and to confirm the sustainable practices we use.
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? *
Web, PASA Sustainable Agriculture
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: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
4
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
0.5
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
Quarter acre orchard, newly planted Quarter acre next to other farmer's conventional crops (without buffer) - used for sugar beets, cover crop/beneficials or experimental crops.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2.5
Fruit Crops:
<0.25
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
3
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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Initially disk harrow, hill into raised beds and rototill top 2 inches for weed control. Hilled rows are permanent thereafter, only cultivating for weeds and re-hilling as needed. Planting into rolled cover crop and using strip tillage is planned for 2021.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Crimson clover, landino clover, oats, mustard, rye, winter wheat, buckwheat, peas, sorghum
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm compost and purchase mushroom compost (2019).
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". *
1-2 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
In 2020 we used the following fertilizer: Fertrell feather meal, Fertrell bone meal, Fertrell blood meal, and ALLGANIC Nitrate of Soda. In 2019 and 2018 we used Mason City By-Poducts feather meal and Par-4 bone meal. Since 2018, we have use Tiger-Sul Zinc Oxide 18%, TIGER 90CR Organic Sulphur, Allganic Makro 60 Potassium Chloride and Boron 10%. Prior to 2018, Espoma Plant Tone and Garden Tone fertilizers were used in one 1/4 acre section. Liquid fertilizers (greenhouse use) include Biomin N 5-0-0, Biomin Calcium 5% and Brown's Fish Fertilizer. Dry fertilizers are manually applied to individual rows before planting according to soil test. All potassium, phosphorus and micronutrient needs are applied prior to planting and generally one-third to half of the nitrogen need is applied, followed by a top/side dress of nitrogen at a growth stage as indicated in the Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations. In the greenhouse, liquid fertilizer is injected into the watering system or applied individually with a pump sprayer. Generally, all plants in our greenhouse are fertilized with liquid nitrogen fertilizer and calcium through injection system.
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? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
In 2018, gmo soy beans were grown in the field we use. This was the last time glyphosphate was applied. The field was in a tomato/rye/soy bean/wheat rotation for 20+ years prior.
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. *
Multiple weed problems exist but weed pressure has generally been light. Prior to 2019, the field in use was part of a tomato/no-till soy bean rotation. It sat fallow over the winter 2018/2019 (soy bean residue). In spring it was lightly disk harrowed and completely planted with a buffer zone of white clover and various cover crops in six 1/2 acre sections. The cover crops did well to smother any weeds. Raised beds were hilled up as needed. We usually hill about a month before planting to allow weeds to germinate and then run rototiller at about 2" depth before planting. After planting, a cultivator is used as well as manual weeding. Weeds have generally been manageable so far. We plan to use a roller crimper in the future for transplanted vegetables. We practice the same procedure in a smaller 1/4 acre section but with more manual weeding (less tractor access).
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. *
Insect pressure was manageable in 2019 and 2020. Allium leaf miner is the newest pest. Other pest include cucumber beetles, Japanese beetles, multiple caterpillar worm pest, squash vine borers, wireworms and flea beetles. Delayed planting can help with leaf miners, but for garlic, in the spring, spinosad is used when scouting indicates a problem and when extension reports indicate allium leaf miner activity. Defense includes multiple beneficial insect strips planted between each of our 1/2 acre sections and one acre in cover crop at any time. A two year rotation consisting of OMRI certified PyGanic, Dipel Pro and Azaguard (Spinsosad if needed in garlic) in year one and Pyganic, Entrust (Spinosad) and Mycotrol in year two has been established. Regular scouting is utilized along with extension reports. Materials are usually applied to target plants by backpack sprayer as needed per label although we are planning to use a three point mounted sprayer for the larger plots. Surround WP has used rather successfully. Mustard cover crop is also used as a bio-fumigant. We plan to establish beetle banks as part of our buffer zone.
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. *
The worst disease pressure is in cucurbits and melons. Powdery mildew, downey mildew and phytophthora are all present. A six year rotation (six 1/2 acre sections) was established with two sections in cover crop for an entire year. OxiDate 2.0 and Mildew Cure are used as needed along with a rotation of Milstop and Actinovate in year one and Nu-Cop and RootShield Plus in year two. Early blight in tomatoes is easily taken care of with Oxidate. Phytophthora is a major problem with melons, cucmbers, squash, peppers and tomatoes. Phytophthora resistant pepper varieties have performed well. Melons, cucumbers and pumpkins are the most susceptible. Good drainage and specific placement of transplants help (most susceptible on higher ground, etc). We use drip tape for irrigation to keep plant surfaces dry.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water is used for irrigation.
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. *
For 2020 vegetable seeds purchased were all organic except for a few that we could not find organic seed for. We are also using up non-organic seeds that were purchased previously. Cover crop seeds are not organic. Seeds for 2021 are mostly organic (unless not available). We plan to switch cover crop seeds to organic for 2021 if available.
Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
yes
If yes, please list types: *
Some cover crop seed may be treated.
Please note reason for purchasing treated seed: *
Local availability of cover crop seed (50lb bags). Organic cover crop will have to be ordered out of state and delivered (planned for 2021).
I understand that the use of chemically treated seeds is not allowed under organic and Certified Naturally Grown guidelines. I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe produce grown from treated seeds are Certified Naturally Grown. *
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. *
LAMBERT LM-18 ORGANIC GERMINATION MIX: Canadian sphagnum peat moss (80 - 90%), Horticultural perlite, Calcitic limestone, Dolomite limestone, Organic wetting agent, Organic slow release fertilizer LAMBERT LM-111 ORGANIC ALL PURPOSE MIX: anadian sphagnum peat moss (80 - 90%), Horticultural perlite, Calcitic limestone, Dolomite limestone, Organic wetting agent, Organic slow release fertilizer PREMIER ProMix MP 3.8 CF Comp Organik w/ Mycorrhizae: PHAGNUM PEAT MOSS (55-65%), COIR - HORTICULTURAL GRADE, PERLITE, LIMESTONE, MYCORRHIZAE
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. *
To the north is a road with a 30' buffer of landino clover with the ground elevation 2 to 5 feet higher than the roadway. Crops are 40' from the roadway edge and 80'from conventional crops (across road). To the east is 40' buffer of landino clover. In 2020, an additional 20' of fallow was left between buffer and conventional potato crop. Drainage from conventional field to the north enters the far edge of the buffer and drains to a waterway on the surrounding conventional field. To the south a 45' buffer of landino clover exist which is located on a crown in the field, draining away to the north and south. To the west is yard (grass, trees), house and small orchard (60' away) on our property. Two hundred feet to the west conventional farming exist.

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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