Produce & Flowers

Tree House Orchard and Farm Fermentory

Owner: Eric Nelson

Address:
Woodstock, CT

Web site: http://treehousebrew.com/farm

Application Date: 2020-08-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We met a couple of your representatives at the Fruit and Vegetable Conference last fall and really loved the idea of what you are doing. I believe that the term organic has lost a lot of meaning for myself and others, but I desire a way to convey to customers that we are growing food in a manner that is healthier for the people, plants and soil. I think that this certification will help display our dedication to growing great quality produce without using harmful chemicals.
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? *
Fruit and Vegetable Conference in New Hampshire
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: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
100
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
40
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
Stone fruit, apples, pears and berries
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
4
Fruit Crops:
40
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: *
BCS tractor with percision depth tiller to limit our soil disturbance
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oats and Peas, Rye, Crimson clover, and are going to try some Sudan grass this fall.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Composted Cow 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". *
1inch deep spread on rows
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. *
We do not use any other fertility sources
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? *
no
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. *
We grow on a slope so we have rows with grass rows in between. Grass creeping into the cultivation area is our worst problem, but we stirrup hoe and pull by hand.
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. *
Flea beetles are horrendous here. When brassica plants are first transplanted we use row cover and then when we have to uncover them we used pyrethrin a couple times as the plants got established. We also have had a tough time with cucumber beetles and Squash bugs in our squash patch. To remedy this we also used pyrethrin once when the plants were small after we pulled off the row cover.
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 the squash which we try to keep the weeds down to increase airflow, but it has not become a large enough problem to indicate the need to spray anything.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Pond water and 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. *
We puchase 95 Percent of our seeds from Johnies and High Mowing. We have also used Baker creek and seeds saved from vegetables we have purchased at farmers markets
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? *
purchase
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
We buy Pro Mix micorrhizae organik. it contains peat moss, perlite, limestone
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. *
We have at least 100 yards in every direction from the vegetable area before their is roads or neighbors.

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: