Produce Application

Glen Meadow Farm

Owner: Mary McCabe

Address:
807 Highspire Rd
Glenmoore, PA 19343
Chester County

Mailing Address:
2080 Creek Road
Glenmoore, PA 19343

daytime phone: (717) 471-5871
evening phone: (717) 471-5871
Web site: http://www.glenmeadowfarm.com

Application Date: 2020-02-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I want to be able to explain my practices to customers and to educate them about the way I farm. I think this will appeal to retail customers as well as wholesale buyers of my flowers. I also love that there's an alternative to certified organic that is more grass-roots and that it just makes sense. It seems like the right thing to do!
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? *
PASA conference

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1.0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Flowers 0.4
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:
Florists Bouquet subscription

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Beds are created with a walk-behind tiller initially, then maintained as no-till generally though occasionally tilling is needed again.
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 mushroom soil and on farm
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". *
2-3 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. *
None
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. *
Beds have grass paths and thus primary weed challenge is grass encroachment. Managed by cultivation with hand tools, hand weeding, landscape cloth and occasional tilling.
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. *
Japanese beetles- hand picking and the past two years a BT product called Beetlejuice; expensive but surprisingly effective. Cucumber beetles- biggest concern is in the dahlias. Managed by using organza fabric barrier.
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. *
Powdery mildew on zinnias is probably the biggest disease issue, I don't control it, rather try to manage around it through succession planting and trying to maximize airflow. A different mildew showed up on my sunflowers; brought in on seeds. I managed this by not planting sunflowers for three years.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well water
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? *
yes
If yes, please list types: *
I do purchase some pelleted seeds and am not certain of the ingredients used in the pelleting
Please note reason for purchasing treated seed: *
This has been what's available
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? *
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? *
I occasionally buy woody shrub transplants and have not (until now!) been checking to see if they are naturally grown.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
I haven't been doing this
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). *
Woody shrubs including hydrangea, ninebark, willow, ilex. All have been on my farm for more than 12 months
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 west, north, and east more than 200 yards of untreated lawn, then woods. To the south, more than 100 yards of untreated lawn and a house separate us from the road and a hayfield.

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:
I have produced flowers on this plot of rented ground for seven years in accord with CNG standards-- except possibly my seed sources. I will need to look at that more closely!