Produce Application

Gra den Talun Farm

Owner: Daren Carroll

127 Lincoln Hill Road
Eagle Bridge, NY 12057
Washington County

daytime phone: (518) 649-7815
Web site:

Application Date: 2016-09-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have always grown organically but I am opposed to the idea of the USDA program which is meant to favor large scale producers. Other private certifications are incredibly costly as well, which suggests some people care more about making money than about certifying a farm's practices. A grassroots peer to peer network is more in line with my philosophy.
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? *
Friends of mine who farm nearby advertise their produce as Certified Naturally Grown and I decided to look into it.

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:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *

Please Specify Any Other Items:
I currently sell just garlic, but I may expand in the future. In any case, all products will be organically/naturally grown.
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:
Bennington Garlic and Herb Festival other festivals

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat, rye, oats
Do you use Compost? *
Do you use Manure? *
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
local hobby farm's cow manure, my own goats' manure. Sometimes gathered from friends' chicken coops.
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". *
eight wheelbarrow loads per 1000 square feet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
For fall garlic planting, I try to apply in spring. For fallow/cover crop year, applied in summer, tilled in in fall before sowing cover
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
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. *
standard hical ag lime.
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. *
Pigsweed, lamb's quarters- stirrup hoe or pulled by hand. Galinsoga, crabgrass, switchgrass, plantain, dandelion- pulled by hand chickweed- tolerated purslane- eaten fresh, also great in a sautee. in most cases, I use an organic material mulch (leaves, straw, grass clippings) for primary weed control. Also, in a fallow period I turn goats out on the field to eat any weeds going to seed.
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. *
Colorado potato beetle- squished by hand Since I focus on garlic and cover crops I have very few insect issues. I plan on using buckwheat to host beneficials if/when I expand to other crops. I will also look into garlic oil.
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. *
Fusarium in garlic- I throw out all infected seed. Now have my own seed stock of high quality. I have read that wood ash helps control fusarium spread, considering a dustbath of my garlic seed in wood ash. Rotation is my primary preventative for fusarium. No known nematode issues yet- going to keep rotation going and look into biodynamic controls
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
ag-grade well
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? *
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 east is my neighbor's lawn which receives no treatments. To the north, I'm bordered by a creek and then mixed woods. To the west is a different neighbor's hay field which is largely neglected - hayed once a year usually and not receiving treatments of any kind. There is about 40 feet of hedge between my cultivated ground and that field. To the south is yet another neighbor with lawn, no treatments.


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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