Produce & Flowers

Golden Farms

Owner: Vincent Golden

Address:
1145 Munster Road
Portage, PA 15946
County

daytime phone: (814) 421-2163
evening phone: (814) 736-8266

Application Date: 2021-02-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have grown naturally grown crops for 20+ years and now seeking a more realistic way to market my farm products.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
yes
If yes, please note which certification and agency: *
PCO
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
PCO- 2012?-present
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
web search
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: *
132
Number of above acreage that you own: *
165
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
32
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
132
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Buckwheat for human consumption/milling- flour & grits cereal, Industrial hemp extracted into CBD products (tincture, muscle creams, dog treats, etc.}
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:
drug stores

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
CTC 4000 minimum tillage
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
I compost all of my organic waste ie, cleanings from any of my grain cleaning/milling operations to be eventually put back into the soil after break down.
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". *
not used yet-still composting
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Organic layer manure- hauler/spreader service (CSL Spreading Service)
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". *
one to three tons/acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring
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. *
Schaffer's Fish Fertilizer, Purple Cow Oganics-Biotic Foliar
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. *
Ragweed, some grasses, controlled with tillage and cover crops
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. *
controlled with healthy soil that provides high "Brix" level that cause insect to avoid or reduce activity
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. *
fungis/mold on hemp- foliar spray biotic to provide "competitive exclusion"
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
farm pond
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. *
Re-plant own Buckwheat seed and rye; sometimes purchase certifide seed when neccessary.
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? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
purchase hemp seeds and have local green house grow plants for transplanting
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
verbal/written ingredients
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). *
na
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. *
Distance provided by woodlots, hay fields, and housing between properties

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 proud to be growing, processing, and marketing products from our farm that improve people's health.