Produce Application

Poughkeepsie Farm Project

Owner: Leon Vehaba

Address:
51 Vassar farm lane
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Dutchess County

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3143
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

daytime phone: (845) 453-6349
evening phone: same
Web site: http://www.farmproject.org

Application Date: 2008-02-25

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We use organic principles but have not chosen to certify organic due to cost, lack of time, and lack of mandate from our members but we think it would be great to be able to briefly define our methods and be part of a network of farms with similar methods and philosophies.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
This farm has not been certified, but we, it's farmers went through the certification process with another farm in New Hampshire in 2002.
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
We live close to Certified Naturally Grown's headquarters and know several people who have certified.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
8
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
8
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
7.5
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:
yes

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Chisel plow and rototiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oats, wheat, rye, sudax, several clovers, vetch, buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Composted on farm: Leaves and some sheep manure with bedding, some horse manure.
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". *
9-18 tons/acre
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. *
--Custom blend from Fertrell--annually: 200 lbs/acre potassium sulfate 300 lbs/acre greensand trace of zinc and boron --North Country Organics Pro-Booster 10-0-0 (ingredients vary)maximum rate of 575 lbs/acre --Lime as indicated by soil test (once per field in the 10 year history of the PFP)
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. *
In order of severity from worst to best: Annual broad-leaves Annual grasses Perennial grasses Perennial broad-leaves. Annuals are controlled by stale seed bed, bare fallow and cultivation. Perennial pressure has been decreasing without conscious control strategy. We suspect that the same techniques for annuals have been working on perennials. Plus our crop rotation leads to different tillage timing for a given field from one year to the next--meaning perennials must compete with vigorous spring cover crops every couple of years.
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. *
All insect control takes place in the context of a five year crop rotation as well as physical distance between successions within a growing season. Brassicas: Flea beetle, root maggot, assorted cabbage worms--all controlled with row cover (starve out in early season) Cucurbits: Striped cucumber beetle and squash bug--controlled with row cover Nightshades: Flea beetles, leaf hoppers, colorado potato beetles-- Controlled with row cover (for eggplants only) On potatoes effects of leaf-hopper is mitigated by timely irrigation. Spot-treated with Entrust (containing the microbial fermentation products spinosyns) for CPB at most once per year. Beet leaf miner: controlled with row cover
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. *
All disease control takes place in the context of a five year crop rotation as well as physical distance between successions within a growing season. The other primary disease control measure has been selection of varieties--we discard varieties that succumb to disease within our system. We have used no chemical disease control substances.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Municipal water supply (Town of Poughkeepsie)
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

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
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "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. *
North, South and East sides: --At least 50 feet of mowed grass within our control --At least 100 feet of forest --At least 20 foot drop in elevation to closest other land use (public road) West side is 50 feet from community garden,supposed to be managed organically. Although we have noticed some pesticide use it has all been hand-applied as spot treatment--low incidence of drift.

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: