Produce Application

Royal Acres Farm

Owner: John King

Address:
621 Scotchtown Collabar Rd.
Middletown, NY 10941
Orange County

daytime phone: (845) 692-6719

Application Date: 2016-02-24

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I think it is important for my customers health and my families health to have local certified natural grown products available.
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? *
Internet and Local Farmers.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
20
Number of above acreage that you own: *
15
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
15
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Greens, Carrots, etc.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2.5 - CNG
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
We are only seeking certification for (1) new field that has no history of synthetics use, which will be planted with cucumbers & squash in 2016, and (2) 1 greenhouse that will grow vegetable and herb transplants. We are not seeking certification for other field-grown produce, or the plants grown in the other two greenhouses (hanging baskets, potted perennials)
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: *
Disc and Rototiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Winter Rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On Farm Sheep, and local Horse
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
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On farm Sheep, and local Horse
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
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Early 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. *
for the herbs and vegetable transplants, we purchased Natures Source Organic 3-1-1 (http://naturessourceplantfood.com/ThreeOneOne.aspx)
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? *
no
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. *
Primary weed problems would be red root pig weed, various grasses, and lambsquarter. Management would be use of plastic mulch, tilling, hand tilling, and manual pulling of weeds.
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. *
Primary insect challenges are flea beetles and cabbage worm. Flea beetles would be managed by using row covers. Cabbage worm would be controlled by using BT products. BT would be use every 3 weeks. In the greenhouse Thrips are our biggest problem. They are controlled by using sachets filled with predatory insects and applying nematodes.
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. *
Powdery Mildew and Bacterial diseases are our primary disease challenges. For Powdery Mildew we will control it with Milstop and various Sulfur products. For Bacterial Diseases we will use Copper based fungicides.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water
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 - We purhcase Pro Mix Organik
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. *
We are in a area where there the fields next to us are either non agriculture fields, woods, or fallow ground in all directions. It is miles away from our other conventional 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. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
Equipment is shared between our upland fields, but will be washed before entering the 2.5 acre field we look to get certified. To make sure customers know which items are CNG and which aren't, we would have a separate table from the rest of our produce that is labeled as CNG produce. In our CSA I send out a weekly email that I send out to all my members of what is available. I will label CNG next to produce listed in the email that is CNG.