Produce Application

Five Elements Farm, LLC

Owner: Joseph and Sara Bozzelli

Address:
405 Hogg Road
Worthington, PA 16262
Armstrong County

daytime phone: (724) 575-0317
evening phone: (724) 575-0317
Web site: http://www.fiveelementsfarm.com

Application Date: 2011-04-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe that certification will help our consumers identify that we are trying to make a contribution to sustainable agriculture and which in turn provides them with the highest quality produce.
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? *
PASA Newsletter

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
10
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3
Fruit Crops:
1
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:
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
3 growing areas are rotated through planting. Fallow field when placed into production gets deep tilled with a subsoiler then rototilled. Secondary garden area gets rototilled only.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat Winter Rye Hairy Vetch Sweet Clover Field Peas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
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". *
5 wheelbarrow loads per 6000 square feet
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On Farm Guinea hen 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". *
manure added to compost piles
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Fall
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. *
Agricultural Lime when indicated by 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. *
Native grasses Primary method of control - spring tillage, cover cropping, hand cultivating during growing season, cover cropping in the fall/witner.
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. *
Flea Beatles Colorado Potato Beatles Cucumber Beatles Squash Vine Borers Primary methods of control - Companion planting, Row covers, Neem Oil, Garlic Oil, hand picking.
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. *
Had a problem with early blight last year on some tomato plants. Utilized Serenade (OMRI listed product - Bacillius Subtillis), Hand pruning
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
On site well- water tested annually. This is also potable water for our house. Secondary Well for irrigation only. This well is tested annually.
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 seeds are organic sourced from saved seed, Seeds of Change, Johnny's Seeds, or High Mowing Seeds. Seeds are then started in flats utilizing Organic Mechanics Soil's Germination Mix. When starts need to be transplanted they are then potted into containers of on farm sourced garden soil and OMRI listed peat moss.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
We have purchased eggplant transplants in the past from M&M Robertson Farm in Sligo, PA which is another CNG certified farm.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Assist in planting at M&M Robertson Farms
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
None
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
Conventional round up ready feed corn is planted across the street from our property. Unsure of what type of herbicides or pesticides are being utilized.
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. *
Neighboring property on west side is fallow fields. A stand of hard wood trees and spruce trees which we planted as a windbreak separates this side of the property. Gardens are minimum 30 yards from property line. Neighboring property on south side is fallow fields. Gardens are 200 yards from southern property line. A small stand of trees is located halfway between property line and gardens. Neighboring property on the east side is fallow fields with a pole barn. At present their is no buffer located on this side but one is planned for the future of growing areas will be potentially re-located. Neighboring property on the north side is conventionally grown field corn. A road separates the property. Our growing areas are a minimum 100 yards from this corn field. Our house and garage separate and act as a buffer on the north side as well.

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: