Produce & Flowers

The Village Farm

Owner: Lise Goedewaagen

Address:
684 Kent Rd
Gaylordsville, CT 06755
Litchfield County

evening phone: (860) 354-7008
Web site: http://Www.thevillagefarm.net

Application Date: 2021-02-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We already apply organic/ natural methods of growing on our farm. We feel that the next step is being certified. Due to this environmental crisis we are all currently facing, we feel that it is more important than ever that the consumers know how their food is grown.
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? *
From other local farmers
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 acres ours,.5 acre loaned
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:
1.5
Fruit Crops:
.5
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 used to break new grounds. The majority of the beds are permanent raised beds and broad forked .
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Annual Rye grass now and planning on clover between melon/ squash rows.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm mixture,local beef farm manure and local landscapers-dropping off clippings,leaves and woodchips
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” per existing bed , 4” on new beds
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local beef 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". *
Mixed in with compost pile and used as above
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
We apply our compost mixed with manure season as beds are replanted
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. *
We use Espoma Tomato tone when transplanting tomato seedlings.
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. *
On existing beds we hand weed or hoe. Our biggest challenge is a new area we are planting which is part of a certified organic hayfield. Here we are attempting to smother the horrendous weeds with silage tarps. We also attempted to use solarization with clear plastic tarps. In addition we use a lot of hand weeding and hoeing. This spring we plan on putting a deep layer of woodchips between the rows. Hopefully this season we will see improvement.
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. *
Last year we had incredible insect infestations, mostly cucumber beetles and Mexican bean beetles and cabbage worms. I spend a lot of time handpicking and we use sticky traps with pheromone lures for the cucumber beetles. If the bean beetles return we will have to resort to spraying with an OMRI approved insecticide. This is not my first or ideal choice, but we lost a lot last year and can’t repeat that. I almost forgot flea beetles! We use row cover to protect the plants and try to time our plantings to avoid their cycles.
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 and late tomato blight are our primary diseases and are pretty well controlled by planting resistant varieties. Last year we sprayed kaolin clay on our high tunnel tomatoes to control brown leaf mold and it worked well. Also spacing tomato plants and pruning for better air circulation has really helped with disease problems.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We collect rainwater from the roof of our farm shop in 3 - 300 gallon tanks, but most of our water comes from our 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. *
We buy from seed suppliers that sell organic seeds. Occasionally we need to buy a seed that’s not organic because of availability issues. I’ve also started saving 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? *
Purchase
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
This year we are trying out potting mix from McEnroe farm in Millerton, NY. It contains farm compost mixed with peat moss,and perlite. It is OMRI listed. In the past we used organic pro mix with mycorrhizae.
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. *
All transplants are grown according to CNG standards.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
We buy flower and herb plugs which are potted into hanging baskets and larger pots from a large grower called Raker. These are for resale, not grown on on the farm. Another supplier, WaterField farm, from Bethlehem , Ct. supplies us with herb plants for resale. If they aren’t all sold, we plant them in our own garden. I’m not sure how they are grown but will find out.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
We have not yet
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). *
Just the flower plugs listed above. Will find out about the herbs.
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
We live in a residential area and it’s possible our neighbors may spray herbicides that could drift over. We have a 30’ buffer zone between us and our closest neighbor.
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. *
On the west side our crops are at least 30’ from the road. On the south side is the neighbor I’ve discussed above. On the north is our residence and the area is not planted. On the east side is the above mentioned hay field ( not owned by us) where we have carved out a planting area. This is area is fenced in and there’s a 20’ buffer between our crops and the existing 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. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
We are a small farm going into our 7 th growing season. We are continually learning and there is so much to learn! From day one we’ve been striving to grow organically as much as possible. Becoming certified will show our customers that we are deeply committed to the care of our land and the health and well being of all living things.