Produce Application

Third Day Gardens

Owner: Don and Jennifer Lamb

Address:
1070 Rochester St.
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
Livingston County

daytime phone: (585) 489-9273
evening phone: (585) 489-9273

Application Date: 2017-01-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We use natural practices and would like people to know that they can trust that the produce they buy from our farm is natural from seed to harvest. We would also like to supply the local health food store with some of our produce and they require certification in a program such as yours.
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? *
From the book "Market Farming" by Lynn Byczynski.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
5600 square feet or 1/8 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
all
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
none
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
4700 square feet
Fruit Crops:
200 square feet
Hay:
none
Grains/Beans:
none
Sugarbush:
none
Other Acreage:
700 square feet for flowers
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: *
Rototilling, hoe, broadfork
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We have used buckwheat on the main garden but plan to expand to other types such as rye, peas and/or clover.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm with grass clippings, lots and lots of maple leaves, garden waste and purchased complete organic mushroom compost.
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". *
2 yards per 2500 square feet
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Our chicken manure and a local horse 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". *
3 yards per 4000 square feet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
spring
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. *
lime in the spring
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. *
Purslane is probably the most prevalent in our gardens along with pig weed and plantain. We mulch thickly very early on with our grass clippings with great success. I hand weed when necessary or use a hoe.
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. *
Cabbage moths, slugs, and aphids. We experimented with a cover cloth this year for the cabbage moths and it seemed to help some. We haven't had too much loss to aphids but plan to try using Neem oil if it becomes a problem. I pick the slugs if only a few or use diatomaceous earth or ground up egg shells sprinkled around plants that are being damaged. Japanese beetles are a problem on the raspberries and strawberries. These we hand pick.
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. *
Tomato blight and powdery mildew. We put up a high tunnel this past year specifically to help protect the tomato crop from succumbing to late blight. We put in a drip irrigation in the garden to try to help avoid powdery mildew on cucumbers and peas particularly.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Municipal water source at present. There is a well on the property and we are in the process of getting the pump fixed so we can see if the well is viable. If so, we will test the water to see if it is safe to start using on the gardens and in the high tunnel.
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 purchase The Living Earth Organic Potting Soil from Lighthouse Gardens (ingredients: sphagnum peat moss, cured finely screened compost, perlite, vermiculite, dried blood, rock phosphate, greensand and lime)
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. *
To the north is our neighbor's yard which is 30 feet at the closest. To the east is the road. Two small gardens are closest. One right up to the ditch and the other 50 feet away. Both of those are used for cut flowers. To the south and west are woods. Off the north west corner is a conventional farmer's field that is, at the closest, 100'. Generally there is either pumpkins or sweet corn.

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: