Produce & Flowers

Button Brook Farm

Owner: Paul Hubble

Address:
4523 Hwy 201
Bridgetown, NS B0S1C0
Annapolis County

daytime phone: (902) 955-7335
Web site: http://buttonbrookfarm.ca

Application Date: 2020-08-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am an advocate of organic production, have worked on an organic farm, and have just started my own farm. I was in the midst of applying for organic certification when I discovered CNG.
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? *
A farmer at a local market.
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: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
0.25
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
0.25
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Hops
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: *
Spading machine.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Annual rye, peas, oats, red/white/yellow/alsike clover, buckwheat.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm, purchased complete, grinds from local coffee shop (and local organic roaster), local horse.
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". *
1-4 t/acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local horse farm. We are presently looking for a source of poultry manure.
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 t/acre.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring or fall
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. *
Lime, blood/bone/feather meal (Eco+ brand).
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. *
Minimal tillage in permanent beds, done with spading machine which does not invert soil. Cover cropping/fallowing to minimize annual weed problems, interspersed with a season of high-intensity/rotation bed flipping to minimize perennial weeds. Weed seed load tends to drop over time with minimal tillage. Occasional flame-weeding for stale bed or before crop emergence when broadleaf annual weeds are germinating thickly. Touch-up with row crop cultivator, hoe, and hand weeding.
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. *
Cucumber beetles and flea beetles: row crop cover. Just starting out, but anticipate need for BT to control cabbage worm in kale and tomato hornworm. Likely Kaolin clay (once or twice after fruit set) as a generalist protectant for future Asian pear production. Anticipate using purespray green oil for soft-bodied problems (aphids, mites, white fly), but none to date. Since our hop production strictly markets rhizomes, we don't worry about insect damage on leaves and cones.
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. *
Hop downy mildew in hops: we have used one spring application of Green Earth Bordo in the past, but have missed some years, including this one. I anticipate my approach to disease management in vegetables being a complete focus on nutrition, soil health, crop rotation/fallowing.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well, Button Brook.
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 select seeds primarily from organic-only suppliers like High Mowing, and Mumm's. In some cases where we can't find stock of a given variety, we use non-gmo, non-treated seed.
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? *
Both
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Presently using Pro-Mix Organic potting mix. Planning to experiment with mix of on-farm compost, fibers (wood and/or hay), and sand, and blood and bone meal to attempt to get away from mined products like perlite, vermiculite, and peat.
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. *
One field is immediately adjacent to a road. Otherwise, neighboring fields are in hay. None are immediately adjacent to ours, separated variously by the brook, river, houses, driveways. The property is too complex to describe in the sort of way exemplified above. A map would really be a better way to convey the surroundings of the farm and its buffers.

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 am converting to organic production from BOTH conventionally-managed gardens and hopyard, AND (primarily) from fields that have been in hay for 8 years with only manure applied. Therefore, I have production spaces which have had non-permitted inputs in the past 3 years. These mainly include synthetic fertilisers, Sevin for beetles in the asparagus patch (Garden). The hopyard had a single application of glyphosate in 2014, and some synthetic fertilizers since (in addition to compost). However, I have begun to manage these according to the Canadian organic standard as of 2020, and had the intention of certifying them as organic after the 36-month transition. The primary vegetable production areas (and future orchard production areas), on the other hand, having been free of non-permitted substance applications for 8 years, were to be certified after the 15 month pre-certification period. My intention now is to market product from these growing areas as Certified Naturally Grown as soon as permitted, and to market product from the previously conventionally managed areas after 36 months, or otherwise as soon as permitted.