Produce Application

Soul Fire Farm

Owner: Leah Penniman

Address:
1972 NY Highway 2
Grafton, NY 12082
Rensselaer County

Mailing Address:
1972 NY Highway 2
Petersburg, NY 12138

daytime phone: (518) 880-9372
Web site: http://www.soulfirefarm.org

Application Date: 2010-12-31

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
After 15 years working as an organic farmer on farms in the Northeast, I am launching my own farm and would like 3rd party verification of our sustainable growing practices. The peer-to-peer inspection model is attractive in that it builds the farming community.
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? *
Denison Farm CSA is Certified Naturally Grown in the area and they referred us.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
6
Number of above acreage that you own: *
6
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
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
3.5
Grains/Beans:
0.5
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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: *
After initially plowing the soil in year 1, we are no till. We use a combination of organic mulch and hand cultivation to maintain the seedbed.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Alfalfa Rye (winter and summer) Red and White Clover Field Peas Oats
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We make compost on farm and supplement this with purchased compost from a local dairy.
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 inch per year
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Mainly from our chickens, supplemented with unfinished compost (manure) from the local dairy.
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 per year when finished compost is not available
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Fall only
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. *
Rock phosphate Dolomitic limestone Alfalfa meal Greensand (We apply amendments in the fall according to the results of our soil tests.)
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 hand cultivation and organic mulch to control weeds. When an area has pernicious weeds that are difficult to control, we use a moldboard plow or black plastic mulch and then plant with a cover crop.
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. *
To control flea beetles and cucumber beetles, we use floating row covers. To control other insects, we have used hand picking and pure water washing.
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. *
We have used only cultural control for disease, such as removing diseased plants and plant parts. We also purchase disease resistant varieties.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We irrigate from our well (drinking water) and from a small irrigation pond on our property.
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") *
All of our transplants are grown using Naturally Grown methods.
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 nearest neighbors and the road are to the south, approximately 1200 feet. Neither are farmers, but one has a small conventional garden. We are separated by his house and a forest. To the east, north, and west there are acres of forest between us and the neighbors/road.

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. *
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