Produce Application

Allegheny College Carr Hall Garden

Owner: Kerstin Ams

Address:
520 North Main Street
Meadville, PA 16335
Pa County

Mailing Address:
520 N Main St
Meadville, PA 16335

Web site: http://sites.allegheny.edu/envsci/facilities/carr-hall-garden/?fbclid=IwAR1LZnShOISUNYP_sGDUeqBNGK3ut6RFwV5SLS4RahkI6OUwWCUzkbRQV_E

Application Date: 2019-02-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Our decision to apply for CNG came from Allegheny College students. A class researched a variety of organic certifications and concluded that Certified Naturally Grown was the best choice. Their decision was based on comparing the principles of Certified Naturally Grown to those of our garden, like grassroots and local empowerment, and promoting the organic movement. As a demonstration of the grassroots nature of our garden, it was a group of Allegheny College students who founded it. Additionally, our produce serves the campus and the surrounding community, to promote the value of local foods. Providing produce to our neighbors is important to us, and it was always embedded within our garden’s foundation to provide nutritious food by upholding the highest standards of organic practices. Lastly, Certified Naturally Grown’s requirement of having our operation audited by local peers, creates strong community relationships and cyclical opportunities to promote our shared values.
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? *
Allegheny College students researched environmental certifications for our campus garden. The students looked beyond the logistics of the certifications, comparing their missions and values. Certified Naturally Grown’s strong values of the organic movement, grassroots networking, and advocacy aligned best with those of our campus garden. We found that the requirements, application process, and fees for Certified Naturally Grown seem to be attainable for our campus’ small-scale garden.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
.15
Number of above acreage that you own: *
282
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.07
Fruit Crops:
.08
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Hops
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:
College Dining Service

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No-till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
For winter wheat and winter rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On-site industrial compost facility
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. *
None.
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. *
We have a moderate amount of dandelions, dock, plantain, sorrel, and other manageable weeds. We manage our weeds by physically hand pulling them.
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 have moderate amount of flea beetles, Japanese beetles, bean beetles, and Colorado potato beetles. To control this we do crop rotation, row covers, specific plant timing, and hand picking.
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. *
We have moderate amount of powdery mildew and late blight. To manage disease, we use specific plant timings, use mulch, and maintain healthy seedlings.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Our municipal water authority.
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? *
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. *
Directly to the north of our garden, with some produce being planted close to its wall, is our campuses most sustainable classroom building, being LEED Gold certified. To the south is a residential and dining hall facility, about 80 feet from the garden. To the East is the rest of our campus, with the closest building being approximately 70 feet or more from the garden. And to the west, approximately 90 feet from the garden is the road. No surrounding areas are used for agriculture.

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: