Produce Application

Broomes Island Produce Farm

Owner: Amanda Pitcher

Address:
4085 school road
Broomes Island, MD 20615
Calvert County

daytime phone: (410) 610-8640
evening phone: (410) 610-8640

Application Date: 2020-02-08

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I grow organically and ecological, focusing on soil health. I am pursuing a USDA organic certification and would also like to be Certified Naturally Grown!
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? *
Other Farmers

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/4 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1/4 acre
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/4 acre
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: *
Rotator till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, clover
Do you use Compost? *
no
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. *
Gypsum (sulfur and calcium admendment) Feather meal (13-0-0 Nitrogen). lime stone to raise PH and calcium source. My soil test came back acidic because of oak and maple leaves breaking down in the soil.
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. *
Very light weed problems. Hoeing and Hand weeding. Landscape fabric, straw mulch.
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. *
Have a healthy balance of beneficials to pest, attract beneficial insects and prey to my area using flowers and pollinators, companion planting, letting some crops go to seed for beneficials. Bug squishing with fingers, using a dust buster vacuum to suck up small insects, focusing on good soil Health and biology and the living organisms in the soil. IF I HAVE to spray because the pressure is too high to control using the other methods I MAY use BT and or spinosad. Both omri listed and approved for certified organic production.
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. *
Very light problems. Focusing on soil health for healthy plants to prevent diseases. Isolating plants prone to it. Buying disease resistant varieties! If plant has disease I will dispose of that plant and keep away from the other healthy plants.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Onsite 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? *
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. *
Trees and shrubs to the north, house and road to the south, infrastructure and purposefully grown flowers to the East and West. Unused fields / land all sides. No potential harm of contamination. Neighbors have signed affidavits for USDA organic certification.

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:
Farm was established 2019 growing on land that had never been used or grown/ farmed before. (Owner signed affidavit) I applied for “organic exempt” my first year in operation as I was allowed up until a specified number of gross income was achieved, since I’ve reached that point I have been in the process of becoming USDA “certified organic”. I used “organic” on all of my produce marketing for all of 2019. I follow and abide by the rules and regulations for the USDA organic standards and the NOP. I hope to become “certified USDA organic” 2020 and also Certified Naturally grown. It is very important for me to be able to use these words and phrases in the beginning stages of my farm business so people can know transparently and honestly how I am farming without getting myself in trouble for using the words that the own the rights to! I grow ecologically and organically and would not farm if I could not do it that way, so I want rights to be able to use the word! Thank you!!