Produce & Flowers

True To Our Roots Farm

Owner: Lynn Allard

Address:
3475 Palmer Road
Ransomville, NY 14131
Niagara County

Mailing Address:
6075 Hoover Rd
Sanborn, NY 14132

Application Date: 2020-02-19

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We grow to Organic standards but the expense associated to become certified is not cost effective for our growing area/market. We are looking for a certification to help show our customers the specific standards we stand behind to provide clean, healthy and environmentally friendly produce, herbs and flowers.
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? *
upon searching for naturally certified standards
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: *
6
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
6
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
6
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: *
Plow, disc, till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
grass
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. *
blood meal, Krehr Farms 5-4-3 Certified Organic Compost, fish meal, miracle gro certified Organic fertilizer
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. *
ragweed and multiple other weeds common to our area. Tillage is used in the beginning and end of season. We use plastic mulch for weed control where plants are grown and hand weed around plant bases. Weed control between rows is maintained by mowing and allowing grass to naturally grow in and be mowed to maintain weed suppression.
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. *
Squash beetles, cucumber beetles, flea beetles, hornworms and aphids. We use sacrificial plantings to contain squash beetles and flea beetles. Hornworms are eradicated by hand where the worm is removed and disposed of in a bucket of soapy water. Hornworms are also controlled naturally with parasitic wasps. Hornworms inflicted by parasitic wasps are left on the plant to continue the breeding production of the parasitic wasp. Aphids are controlled by beneficial insects such as lady beetles and Mantis. We also depend on other beneficial insects that come into the farm field naturally such as dragonflies, lacewings and others.
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. *
Early blight on tomatoes sets in during the fall. Removal of infected plant material is used for control. Powdery mildew on cucumbers and squashes also sets in during the fall with plant removal for control.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
town fire hydrant
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. *
The fields we farm in are protected on three sides by acres of woods. the fourth side is protected by a fallow farm field which when and if planted is planted by a farmer who farms all naturally and no sprays are used. There is a county ditch that separates the front field from the back fields we farm in. The filed is approximately 300-400 feet from the town roadway.

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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