Produce & Flowers

Sunset Farm

Owner: Kaitlyn Kimball

Address:
1057 Andrew Mountain Rd
Naugatuck, CT 06770
New haven County

daytime phone: (203) 727-7770
evening phone: (203) 727-7770
Web site: http://www.sunsetfarmct.com/

Application Date: 2021-03-16

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a farm with organic practices but we cannot yet afford the certified organic process. Operating naturally and sustainably is one of our core missions as a farm and this will help us maintain that.
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? *
A fellow farm, Vibrant Farm, encouraged us to apply.
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 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1 acre
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 acre
Fruit Crops:
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: *
We are a no till farm. We only till to create new beds. We broadfork beds at the beginning of each season.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchase complete, on 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". *
1-2 inches deep per bed
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. *
We use soil amendments such as bone meal, blood meal, fish fertilizer, and lobster crab meal.
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 use silage tarps in the off season to suppress weeds. During the season we use black woven reusable weed fabric on the majority of our beds. We use cultivators and hand weed to remove other weeds.
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. *
Our primary pest challenges are beetles, which we use row cover and hand pick off of egg plant and potatoes. We sometimes have cabbage worm issues with our brassica plants. We use row cover and sometimes plant collard greens as trap plants. We have also used row cover over seedlings to prevent this. We have horn worms on our green house tomatoes that we pick off. We rotate crops and try to identify any issue early to prevent it.
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. *
Most of our challenges have been insect based. The weather say season made powdery mildew a problem with a lot of our plants. We pruned leaves and managed weeds to give the plants more air. We also had a slight blight with our heirloom tomatoes, but we just continued to prune them and accepted the loss.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We have a well on our property that we have tested each year.
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. *
All of our seeds come from Johnny’s seeds. We use the organic varieties they offer.
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 potting soil, pro mix.
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Pro Mix- SPHAGNUM PEAT MOSS (75-85%) PERLITE VERMICULITE LIMESTONE WETTING AGENT MYCORRHIZAE - PTB297 TECHNOLOGY
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. *
N/A
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
no
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. *
Our entire property is 10 acres. Our growing space is surrounded by 2-4 acres of land on all sides. We live in a residential area with no other farms or contamination sources around.

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 grateful for your consideration of our application. We hope to one day be certified organic. We take these guidelines very seriously and it is a point of pride in our growing process.