Produce Application

Back4Farm

Owner: Judith Church

Address:
12 Stonewall Ridge Rd
Copake, NY 12516
Columbia County

Mailing Address:
140 Thompson Street
Apt. 3D
New York, NY 10012

daytime phone: (212) 909-6186
evening phone: (212) 674-6051

Application Date: 2017-02-28

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
My recently deceased husband and I planned to start a blueberry and vegetable farm when we retired. This will be the first year that the blueberries will be mature enough for a crop. We had planned to be Certified Naturally Grown because we believe in healthy, sustainable food.
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? *
Farmers Markets

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
4
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
300 blueberry bushes
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
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: *
tractor
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
no
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. *
cottonseed meal this year for the first time
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. *
tilling weeds under or pulling by hand
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. *
Japanese beetles scent traps
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. *
Nothing so far. Mummy Berry appears to be the biggest challenge, although I understand that there are Cranberry Fruit Worms and Spotted Wing Drosophilia in the area. With respect to Mummy Berry my plan would be to: 1. Remove mummified fruit by hand on a regular basis and dispose of it in plastic bags off the property and 2. Cultivate in early spring to remove or cover the mummies so they do not produce spores. At least the Duke blueberries (one third of the total 300 bushes) are supposed to be a resistant cultivar. For Cranberry Fruit Worm, I would cultivate to keep the soil around the bushes clean and remove larvae by hand as much as possible. For Spotted Wing Drosophilia, I would set up traps to try to catch and confirm that the flies are SWD and then harvest frequently and not let fruit drop to the ground. I would cultivate around the plants and keep them thinned so there is more sunlight and air around the berries. I understand that there are organic sprays such as entrust and that targeted spraying can be done if properly timed for picking and weather.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well
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? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Hartmann's Plant Company
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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 known. Blueberry bushes have been on site subject to CNG standards sine 2015.
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 south a wooded area of at least 100 feet separates our crops from a road. There are no other farms or houses close to the crops. To the west of the growing area there is a gravel road (Stonewall Ridge Road) and a gravel driveway leading up to the house. Neither of these are ever sprayed with anything. Between the growing area and the gravel driveway/road there is approximately 20-30 feet of mowed grass. The trees on the west side are fairly sparse. To the north there is an open mowed area between the growing area and a greenhouse of probably about 75 feet and then an additional at least 100 feet of mowed grass to the house. To the east there is about 20-30 feet of mowed grass and then a gravel service road to the barn. There are trees on the east side of the growing area beyond the mowed area and the service road to the edge of the property, probably about 200 feet from the growing area.

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: