Produce & Flowers

Nimble Roots Farm

Owner: Christine + Fabio Ritmo

Address:
Catskill, NY

daytime phone: (518) 859-0233
evening phone: (518) 338-6471
Web site: http://www.nimblerootsfarm.com

Application Date: 2020-01-23

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We currently farm using organic and sustainable practices - obtaining Certified Naturally Grown status would give us the credit for our responsible stewardship! The CNG label would not only give our customers confidence that the produce they purchase from us IS grown following organic standards, but would also set us apart from our fellow farmers at market who do not hold certifications.
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? *
We first learned about Certified Naturally Grown while interning with Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm in Argyle, NY. Most recently we spoke with a lovely representative and longtime CNG farmer at the New England Vegetable and Berry Conference in New Hampshire this past December, who encouraged us to apply!
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: *
.75
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
.75
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.75
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Initially was rototilled to break ground. Now managed in a no/low-till system (utilize broad fork to flip beds).
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye, yellow clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm, and next door neighbors are landscapers who create their own compost
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? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We have two personal horses - we compost their manure and sawdust bedding. Also, the couple we lease our farmland from has a small flock of chickens - we compost their manure as well.
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
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Winter
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. *
North Country Organics Pro-Start and Pro-Gro. Pro-start applied directly to beds immediately before transplanting and Pro-Gro applied two weeks post-transplanting. Pro-Start (2-3-3): Greensand, Bone Char, Sulfate of Potash, Vegetable protein meal, Animal protein meal Pro-Geo (5-3-4): Natural Sulfate of Potash, Phosphate Rock, Vegetable Protein Meals, Animal Protein Meals, and Natural Nitrate of Soda
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. *
Perennial grasses - removal of rhizomes, hand-weeding before weeds go to seed, utilizing tarping methods, laying landscape fabric in pathways, seeding living pathways between certain crops, cover cropping, crop rotation.
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. *
Primary issues in 2019 were flea beetles, grasshoppers, and hornworms! We invested in insect netting and plan to purchase more. Exclusion is our primary management technique. We scout for hornworms, remove and feed to the chickens!
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. *
2019 was our first season. Our tomatoes got hit with Blight - we did not spray, simply gleaned all we could from affected plants and then pulled those plants. To mitigate risk of disease we: implement crop rotation, are cognizant of spacing between plants, utilize drip irrigation.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Rosemary transplants (3) from local farmer who uses organic methods
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Farmers assured us in person she uses organic practices
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). *
N/A
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. *
Our roughly one acre of cultivated crops are located within a 10 acre field that is buffered on all sides by a tree line. To the North and East there is a minimum of 500 feet of woodlands that separate our field from the road to the North and neighbors to the East. To the West there is a minimum of 1000 feet from the neighbors horse pasture. To the South there is another roughly 10 acre field owned by our farmland-lords that is brush hogged once per year.

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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