Produce & Flowers
Liepold Pond FarmOwner: Jacques Dufresne
136 Liberty St.
Pawcatuck, CT 06379
New london County
daytime phone: (401) 226-7993
Application Date: 2021-02-01
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- To show our customers that we care about the way we produce food, and care for the environment. We believe that the Government Organic Certification is not meeting the true needs of the soil and farmers involved.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Web Search, Mother Earth News.
- 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: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- 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: *
- initial Tillage, Broad fork, then No Till.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Oat, Peas, Hairy Vetch
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- On Farm, Compost from Earth Care 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
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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. *
- Alfalfa Meal, Feather Meal, Azomite, Agricultural Gypsum + Lime, Green sand, Nitrate of Soda, Sulfate of Potash, Worm Castings, Fish Meal, Crab Lobster Shells. We also make our own foliar amendments based off of local Fauna. Applications are based on Soil Tests,Plant Rotation and, Seasonal.
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
- 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. *
- Main Controls are Flame Weeding, Hand weeding, Cultivation and Silage Tarps. We face many obstacles, our main is crab grass and other Seasonal grasses. Our property also has a large stand of Knotweed and phargmites Grass.
- 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. *
- Squash Bugs, Flea beetles, Colorado Potato Beetles, Japanese Beetles, HornWorms, Cut Worms, Cabbage loopers, Moths, Aphids. Main control is hand picking and crop rotation, for the Cabbage loopers BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) as our pressure is really high.
- 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, use baking Soda Spray and Milk based handmade sprays. Crop Rotation.
- 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? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
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 currently use Organic seed from High Mowing Seed, Johnny's and have also used NE Seed. We also save seed for our Pole bean crops as a Family Heirloom.
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- 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. *
- We use Coast of Maine Sprout Mix and on Transplants with extended growing we use Coast of Maine Stonington Blend.
- Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- 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? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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 are at least 100 Yards from Main Road Frontage to the North, no other Close agriculture as we are in a residential area with woods surrounding our Property.
- 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:
- Our goal is to preserve the land and water we have in a semi-urban area for future generations, to help and build the community around us.