Produce Application

Nine Mile Farm

Owner: Rebekah Rice

Address:
67 Nine Mile Lane
Delmar, NY 12054
Albany County

daytime phone: (518) 894-8531
evening phone: (518) 894-8531
Web site: http://9milefarm.weebly.com

Application Date: 2015-06-30

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I think it's a good program.
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? *
Sandy Arnold

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
30
Number of above acreage that you own: *
30
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.5
Fruit Crops:
0.2
Hay:
20
Grains/Beans:
1
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
7.3
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: *
wide beds, minimal tractor use, broad forks, some permanent mulch
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat, field peas, oats
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm weed waste, chicken and sheep manure, plus local horse manure and local leaves
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
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. *
have used kelp meal, hi cal lime, other organic approved amendments as recommended by soil testing service (CSI)
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. *
amaranth, lambsquarters, purslane, dandelion, quickweed, creeping charlie, chickweed. We mulch with grass. We compost weeds. We eat weeds. We feed weeds to our CSA.
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. *
We hand pick squash bugs and (when necessary) eggs. We use row cover to prevent flea beetles. We use safer's soap occasionally on house plants, have not needed it for the vegetables. We feed slugs and snails to our chickens.
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. *
Some years we have gotten mildew/mold conditions on some individual plants. We remove diseased plants and bury them in the piles that will next be used to create compost.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Our farm pond is the only water source for the house and the farm.
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") *
N/A
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
I bought several certified organic rosemary plants at my co-op this spring because mine did not survive the winter.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes - they are certified
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? *
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. *
We don't grow on the north pasture, which is on a highway. We are buffered to the east and west by woods, to the south by our own woods. The small road which comes into our property is owned by the town, and they understand not to spray us. No agricultural land is adjacent to our fields.

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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