Produce Application

Kelly Homestead Apiary

Owner: Ginger Kelly

Address:
167 carpenter hill rd
Charlton, MA 01507
Usa County

daytime phone: (508) 784-1014
evening phone: (508) 784-1014
Web site: http://kellyhomesteadapiary.com

Application Date: 2020-09-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Because I would like our farm to be affiliated and certified with a reputable program that shows our customers that we are verified in the use of organic practices to raise our produce, poultry and produce our honey and hive-related products.
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? *
I've been researching CNG for years. I can't remember the origin of first hearing about CNG.
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: *
2.7
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.25
Fruit Crops:
.25
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
I have Apiaries I wish to have certified.
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:
Local Festivals in Boston and Worcester County

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No-Till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
From time to time we will plant peas and/or beans as a cover crop if we can plant early enough to allow it to sprout before winter.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On Farm Sources, grass clippings, organic materials, chicken manure direct from our 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". *
10 Wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Our own hens and poultry (turkey).
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". *
10 Wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
spring and 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. *
Sometimes we use Espoma brand rock phosphate, lime, vegetable and tomato fertilizers. We use a spoonful of fertilizer every time we plant seedlings, along with a spoonful of dried egg shells. We will fertilize our garlic again in May, using Espoma Brand blood meal. We will hand-broadcast Espoma brand lime (sometimes) on strawberry beds before planting plugs. We will use Espoma brand lime to prepare vegetable beds in the fall. We will us the Espoma brand Rock Phosphate at the rate of about teaspoonful per plant, at planting in the spring. We utilize our own aged dried egg shells by drying and crushing them and applying the crushed egg shells at least 6 months after drying, at a rate of 1 Tbsp per plant, at planting (typically in the spring).
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. *
We hand weed and use a hoe for weeding, as a general rule. We use mulch like paper and grass clippings between the planting rows on the walking rows. We us plastic mulch for our tomatoes and sometimes use plastic mulch for other crops, like cucumbers for water retention and weed control.
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. *
This year and last year I was plagued by squash bugs, so I was unable to plant pumpkins. I will try to plant pumpkins this coming years, if space allows, utilizing floating row covers. Sometimes slugs attack my kale and/or brassicas in the late summer, early fall. I will use food-grade diotomaceous earth and/or Sluggo brand slug control to control slugs, if necessary.
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. *
I have had powdery mildew issues I keep under control by spacing my plants far apart, by utilizing vigorous pruning and also crop rotation. I have never been able to manage cabbage moth well, without planting very early in the season. I will plant cabbages and/or broccoli early or late in the season and use floating row covers to avoid the cabbage moth problem and/or other pest problems. This year I had aphids on my yellow squash. I simply pruned the leaves and did not add those leaves to my compost, but rather disposed of them at our local transfer station.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water from our 400 foot deep well.
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. *
I ALWAYS source only approved and certified Organic seeds, typically from High Mowing, Wood Prairie Farm and/or Johnnie's Selected Seeds. I also use my own seeds, gathered annually, from my own organic crops.
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. *
I use OMRI Approved Organic Potting Soil, like Coast of Maine Bar Harbor Blend I buy at our local Farmer's Coop. Coast of Maine Organic Products Bar Harbor Blend Organic Potting Soil is a lightweight soil mixture made with salmon, blueberry, lobster and other composts, as well as calcium and chitin-rich lobster shells, sphagnum peat, perlite and kelp meal. It is dark brown in color and provides the perfect balance between water retention and drainage needed for healthy plants. It is OMRI listed for use in organic gardens. Ph 6.2
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
We will buy only certified Organic strawberry plugs from Johnnies Selected Seeds, once every three years. If we do not, we will reseed our own strawberry plugs. Also, we will purchase Certified Organic Seed Potatoes from Wood Prairie Farm. Other than that, we grow our own seedlings for planting.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Only certified Organic is permitted on our farm.
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). *
Our perennials (grapes and apple and pear trees) were purchased from Connor Hardiman, St. Lawrence Nurseries, LLC, PO Box 957, Potsdam, NY 13676,connor@StLawrenceNurseries.com St. Lawrence Nurseries does not use synthetic fertilizers and/or chemicals or treatments. They have the hardiest, most disease-resistant trees useful for our area for organic/natural chemical free growing without the use of synthetic fertilizers, chemicals or treatments. Our grapes and trees were planted in 2018 and 2019, so they are over a year old now.
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. *
Our crops are at least 20 feet or more away from the road and neighbor's yards. There are no conventional crops grown within a half mile from our field.

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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