Queen's GreensOwner: Danya Teitelbaum
62 Russellville Road
Amherst, MA 01002
245 Meadow St
Amherst, MA 01002
Web site: http://www.queensgreensfarm.com
Application Date: 2021-03-12
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We have been operating our farm in accordance with the Naturally Grown principals since we began farming. We believe that the certification accurately represents our current farm management and we hope to become part of the program.
- 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? *
- If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
- Baystate Organic Certifiers 2014 - 2021
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- If yes, please note which agencies, and reasons for denial: *
- Baystate Organic Certifiers
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- We have seen the label for years especially on instagram as we follow several Certified Naturally Grown 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: *
- 30 acres
- 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:
- This year just 3 acres in the past up to 40 acres
- 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:
- Home delivery services, universities
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- We employ a variety of traditional tillage tools including rippers, plow, disks, rototillers, perfecta, bed shaping.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- In the past we have used oats, peas, rye and buckwheat in a traditional way around cash crops. This year we will have most of our land in cover crop for the entire growing season and are excited to implement long season, multi species covers.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- We purchase compost for our high tunnels.
- 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 ton per 6000 square feet every few years
- 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. *
- Lime, Gypsum, 7.2.4 (poultry based from Nutrien Ag), chilean nitrate (15.0.0) low dose as needed
- 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. *
- Galinsoga, lambs quarter, purslane, chick weed. Flame weeding and cover cropping are our primary weed controls.
- 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. *
- In the past our primary insect challenge was flea beetles and we used row covers and select spraying of pyganic and entrust. We are moving to just growing greens in the winter where insect pressure is very low.
- 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. *
- Downy mildew, powdery mildew, cladosporium, cercospera, damping off. We control with variety selection, R1 organic seed treatment, regalia, oxidate, Cuevas. We also work to build heathy soils, have properly nourished, properly irrigated and thriving crops.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We utilize ground water from a series of wells on our farm. We use some surface water from another stream on our property as well.
- 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 work purchase mainly through Johnnys and High Mowing. We are always looking into new varieties and keeping up with what is available.
- 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. *
- 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 have many neighbors, both other famers and houses, surrounding our fields. Minimum of 50 feet and some treelines between any conventionally managed farmland. Minimum of 30 feet with residential neighbors and roadways.
- 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:
- Queen's Greens specializes in growing winter greens in off grid high tunnels without any artificial heat or light and in the natural soil. We have 3 acres of high tunnels from which we harvest over 60,000 pounds of greens in the winter. We are the largest operation of this type in the region. We are a family owned and operated farm.