Produce & Flowers

Warwick Furnace Farm

Owner: Lillie Rosen

Address:
Glenmoore, PA

Web site: http://www.warwickfurnacefarm.com

Application Date: 2021-02-03

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a family-owned and operated lavender farm. We are proud to use only natural farming practices and organic amendments with out lavender plants, and we would like our community to have the confidence when buying our products that they are chemical-free and produced in a way that is gentle on the environment.
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? *
The US Lavender Growers Association
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: *
2
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:
0
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
2
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). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We generally do not till the soil, particularly after the first planting. Where we need to prepare new beds, we will use a mould plow, followed by a light rototill. Thereafter we will utilize a disk harrow.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
no
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. *
For initial bed preparation, we will use calcitic lime, hardwood chips and certified organic or NOP products as sources of potassium, phophorous and nitrogen (including worm castings. We currently source these products from a local business named "Organic Approach". The specific products we have used include: Lime, Calcitic (Hi-Cal), Pelletized Natural Mined Calcium Carbonate, 34% Ca 1% Mg-PRO, N-Trust 9-0-4 All-Natural Slow-Release Non-Burning Organic Fertilizer, Calc-Carb CC-12 Micronized Calcium Carbonate Powder, Sequest 10-0-5 Deep-Greening Extended-Release Organic Fertilizer with Soluble Humate, N-Trust 9-0-4 All-Natural Slow-Release Non-Burning Organic Fertilizer, Finesse GVH Granulated Biological Soil Restoration and Coreless Aeration Amendment, Bone Meal Phosphorous - Steamed 2-14-0 + 24% Calcium
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 have designed our fields to minimize weeds by using water permeable non-woven row covers for our plants. Between the rows we have planted a combination of organic orchard grass and micro white clover. While some weeds such as crab grass and thistle can grow in the beds, these are pulled by hand. In the rows between beds, weeds are controlled mechanically, by mowing and weed wacking.
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. *
Lavender is a natural insect repellant and while we occasionally observe insects they have not to date presented a challenge requiring treatment. In the greenhouse, propagated cuttings may be attacked by white flies and other small insects, we use a combination of glue covered flag materials to capture insects. This has worked well. We also have native preying mantises which help to control insect populations.
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. *
Crown rot, pythium and Phytophthora are the greatest threats to Lavender. We address these challenges in a number of ways. First we locate, orient and construct our beds to promote drainage so that the plants are protected from water accumulation around the roots. Second, as a prophylactic, when we propagate our plants and when we plant them, we inoculate the roots with endo-mycorrhizae. We also use and alternate periodically (in two and four week rotations), as a prophylactic, two organic biologic fungicides, Actinovate and Rootshield WP plus. If we encounter an active infection we immediately remove infected plants and the plants on either side, we remove all soil to a depth of 18 inches and apply intense heat using a propane torch to all soil in the infected area from which plants have been removed.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use untreated natural spring water on our property to irrigate the plants.
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 propagate our plants from cuttings.
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 purchase organic soil mix from a company called "Organic Mechanics"
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Professional Grower’s Blend from Organic Mechanic Soil (https://organicmechanicsoil.com/wholesale/) 100% Organic, NOP Compliant Contains: Coir, pine bark, rice hulls, compost, worm castings, fertilizer
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. *
NA
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Sage Creations (certified organic), Peace Tree Farm (certified organic) and Creek Hill Nursery
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
They are marketed as organic, with the exception of Creek Hill Nursery
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 plants are perennials, all of the lavender plants on the property (including from Creek Hill Nursery) have been grown according to CNG standards in the 2+ years we have been cultivating.
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. *
The nearest planted field is 175 yards from our planting beds, on which is planted Hay, corn or soy.

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:
The information provided in these responses regarding our farming practices is proprietary and confidential and is provided solely for the purposes of certification. No right is granted herein to any person or organization to use or disclose non-public information contained in this response for any purpose other than for purposes of certification.