Produce & Flowers

Sissiboo Organics

Owner: neil ellis

Address:
bear river, NS

Application Date: 2020-01-20

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Ive thought about applying for organic certification, but its just to much and don't think it would add the value that cng would offer me.. i have since i started in 2016 always new i dident wont to kill my soil, and in that hurt myself and others, i wonted to have live soil, i started researching no till and found Charles Dowding, and Eliot Colman among others in early 2014 and when down the rabbit hole, and haven't looked back, i love living soil and nutrient dense food. and would love to bare your name on all my products..
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? *
Instagram, but at first was to busy to look in to you, or ask whether you certified in canada. i may be glad i found the time (:
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: *
1\8 acer
Number of above acreage that you own: *
i own 1 acre but not all farmable
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
19 chute road 1500 sqfeet off farm
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1\8
Fruit Crops:
50 apple trees 1000sq feet
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
micro greens
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: *
some bed where tilled once to get rocks out, others where covered for one year, with plastic mulch, and amended and beds made with compost and peat, i broad fork beds only if they need it for following crop. i amend with a small amount of all organic amendments when needed, and use the tillther from johnnys seed to incorporate amendments and create a smooth seed bed
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased complete also some on farm peat based annually
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 inch annually
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
this year 2019 i stopped buying finished compost due to weeds.. i started buying a finished cow and peat blend from a local sours called valley peat moss.inc, its great and has a 1,0,1 nutrient analyses each bed got a 2 inch layer on top at beginning and end of this season, due to my wet clay soil i am trying to change the structure
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 inch spring and fall
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
this year only spring and 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. *
-sustain 4,6,4 -Gaia green rock dust, alfalfa meal, green sand, 4.4.4 -hen manure pellets -shell meal
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? *
no
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. *
regular surface cultivation with hand tools,wire weeder,colinier, sturup hoe ect.. and no till with deep mulch helps reduce my weeding every year
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. *
15 mil insect fabric for cabbage lopper in brassicas and turnip,radish. also use btk in problem areas. also use these type fabric and another type of insect net for flea beetle. also in greenhouses are controlled partly by insects and trap cropping, and companion planting
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. *
any leaf mold or powder mildow i will live with, unless to bad then i will remove the crop
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
i have a drilled well drilled when i purchased the land 2016
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? 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. *
no conventional farms within 3km. i am on highest point geographically. forest on back side and home owners on both sides, dont do lawn care at all besides mowing there small amount of lawn

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:
living soil grows the best veggies (: love growing for my family and community, my journey has just began, i only have about 30, 50foot beds, but it amazes me how much food i put out every year i surpass my expectations year after year. with cng i think this could raise the bare a lot further, to have a way to educate my costumes on natural farming methods, instead of just organic.. witch is a bit over rated at this point do to conventional organic standards allowing herbicide and pesticide and lots and lots of tillage witch is the worst, but most people need educating about this, they are being miss led