Produce & Flowers
Macedon Center FarmOwner: Daniel Eggert
1225 MACEDON CENTER RD
Macedon, NY 14502
Web site: http://www.macedoncenterfarm.com
Application Date: 2021-03-06
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We are a small hobby farm that practices and preaches organic growing. We cannot be certified organic because of our size in our ag district zoning laws do not consider us a farm. Our market does not have any certified producers and feel that CNG would resonate well with the community and set us apart from others.
- 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? *
- Working at Harris Seeds Organic we were business partners. Represent southeast region for High Mowing that has a lot of CNG farms.
- 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: *
- 1/4 acre
- 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:
- 1/4 acre
- 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: *
- One/Low Till on initial ground breaking and then permanent bed type system.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Fall cover crops for resting winter beds and after long term fruiting crops are pulled.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- On farm- chicken litter/manure from egg layers, Grass clippings, farm plant/fruit waste, 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 inches deep on permanent beds in spring
- 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. *
- Biochar created on-farm and mixed in with compost. In the past, used Sustane 4-6-4 and 8-2-4 which is OMRI.
- 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. *
- Tarping, permanent beds (no till), cover cropping. Weeds populations have been managed successfully over the past couple of years for low/no weed seed banks.
- 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. *
- White Cabbage Moth and slugs are our biggest issues. We use row covers/transplanting healthy plants for natural pest deterence. We also plant companion plants like marigolds and sweet alyssum. Release beneficials on the farm like Preying Mantids. beer traps used for slugs early in teh year while plants are small and low to the ground.
- 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. *
- Pythium damage with brassicas and using T-22 trichoderma which manages damping off of transplants. We have other diseases that we promote soil health to create hardy healthy plants. Clean farm and cleaning plant debris mitigates a lot of over wintering diseases. Compost is healthy ands checked for heat/rotated often.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Public water used currently. On farm well was found and will be used this season with rainwater collection system.
- 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. *
- I work at High Mowing and only use organic seed unless a variety we need to grow isnt certified, and then we use untreated seed. We also source from Fruition, and Osborne seed.
- 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? *
- Pro Mix Organix OMRI approved.
- What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
- well balanced organic Potting mix (above), vermiculite, and perlite.
- 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 grow in our side yard. No one in our area sprays chemicals (unannounced to us), but there is GMO fields around us with a 22 acre riperian buffer in between. Never had any chemical damage growing over the past 4 years.
- 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: