Produce & Flowers

Queens Farms

Owner: David Garland

Address:
Lagrangeville, NY

daytime phone: (845) 232-1080
Web site: http://queensfarms.com

Application Date: 2020-06-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Hello! Last year, we started an agricultural experiment - converting a former vegetable patch into a high productivity, sustainable, no-till market garden. We have had better success than we thought, and are donating a ton of produce and starting a small, local CSA to quickly and affordably move the food we've grown. Our plans include a larger operation in the future. In the interim, we'd like to show our food recovery services, pantries, and customers that our practices leave the environment better than we found it and can produce nutrient-dense, healthy affordable food while doing it.
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? *
Farm conferences and workshops
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: *
less than 1 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
100%, less than 1 acre
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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:
we also grow to supply local food pantries and food recovery services such as Meals on Wheels and City Harvest.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
hand turned.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
winter rye, vetch, oats, field peas, tillage radish
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Certified organic farm produced
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". *
18 cu/yard - market garden
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
local 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". *
1 ton/1,000 square ft
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
after end of growing season before 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. *
certified organic fish emulsion, 2-3x season certified organic feather meal, 1x season
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. *
weed challenges include burdock and some of the vetch cover crop that refuses to go away. these are hand pulled during the season and managed with silage tarps at the start of the season.
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. *
pest challenges this year have included slugs on leafy greens and seedlings, as the weather was very cool and wet in early spring. Flea beetles, although not yet an issue, are a concern and we have applied a weak neem solution to young plants.
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 has not yet been a problem, but is a concern. plants have been spaced and pruned for maximum aeration to help avoid potential spread.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well water, privately owned.
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. *
We use two main suppliers: Johnny's and High Moving Seeds.
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? *
We start in Vermont Compost
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
vermiculite and/or perlite is added to the certified organic starting compost.
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. *
N/A
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. *
field is at base of property, at the bottom of a slope. Majority of acreage is above field, so there is no run-off onto field from unknown sources. Large tree buffer on other sides of field. no farming or commercial operations within 1,000 yards.

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:
Hi! We are a market garden providing affordable, quality food, sustainably grown, to a small CSA and to food recovery services. Ours is not a large, commercial operation and we're still learning as we build. I am not sure that we qualify for a certification because we are so small, but if we do, I would like to show our folks that the food they're getting is safe, sustainable, and makes the environment better - not worse. Hope this is for us!