Fox Creek FarmOwner: Raymond & Sara Luhrman
182 Fox Creek Farm Road
Schoharie, NY 12157
daytime phone: (518) 872-2375
evening phone: (518) 872-2375
Web site: http://www.foxcreekfarmcsa.com
Application Date: 2018-09-18
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- Been adhering to organic growing practices since start of our farm in 2004. Now some of our vendors are asking for third party verification.
- 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? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Other farmers, and recommendation by one of our buyers.
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- 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:
- Fruit Crops:
- Other Acreage:
- Woods (12), Pasture (6), Roads and Buildings (balance)
- 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: *
- Moldboard plow
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- oats, peas, rye, vetch, buckwheat, medium red clover, dutch white clover
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Source is horse stable bedding and manure, beef manure, Windrow composting 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". *
- Depends on soil test results and past intended use of the field for the season. For 2018, we applied between 0 and 12 T/A
- 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. *
- For 10`8, bone chare, 0-15-0, north country organics. Used per analysis of current soil testing after credit for soil amendments and growing practices in previous years. Some pro-start 2-3-3 (OMRI, from North Country Organics) for greenhouse potting mix ingredient.
- 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. *
- It depends. Probably hairy galanzoga. Managed with crop rotation, fallows, use of cover crops. Use transplants to give market crop a head start, mechanical cultivation, hand weeding.
- 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. *
- spinach leaf miner for first time t his spring. Well timed application of spinosad (entrust) did the job on that one. Flea beetles- crop rotation, row cover, transplants. Delay of planting to avoid spring hatch of larvae. And when needed spinosad (entrust)
- 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 really don't have a lot of disease problems. Crop rotation, healthy transplants. Management of soil fertility, irrigation. Selection of resistant cultivards.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- farm ponds.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- 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? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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") *
- For potting soil, we purchased Premium Lite Growing Mix (OMRI, from McEnroe Organic Soils. We also made our own soilless mix, using peat moss, perlite, pro-start (Northcountry Organic), and pH adjustment w. lime.
- 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. *
- To the north: fence, hedgerow with trees, to hay fields of neighbor. Approx 110' between hay and our crops To the east: max of 1500' of woods between our crops and closest state road. Minimum of 300' with hedgerows btwn our crops and neighbors organically managed hay fields. To the south: 50' hedgerow with deer fence to organically managed hay fields of neighobor To the west: 75' fence, hedgerow to fields neighbor (corn, soybean, hay rotation, conventional)
- 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: