Produce Application

Red Fern Farm

Owner: Chris Krietsch

Address:
1187 County Route 6
Clermont, NY 12526
Columbia County

Mailing Address:
302 5th street
saint james, NY 11780

daytime phone: (631) 766-3845

Application Date: 2019-03-30

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I want people to know that I am doing the right thing when it comes to what I'm growing selling and providing them with, the certification will show people that I am actually doing what I am saying. It is also a much more affordable option for becoming certified as opposed to USDA Organic.
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? *
The land I purchased and will be growing on was previously Certified Naturally Grown.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
16
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
1/4
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:
Florists and Floral Designers

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Minimal tillage, this year I will have to plow and disk the fields as the fields have been fallow for nearly 2 years but I am hoping that I'll on have to do a shallow till with the BCS rototiller to create semi-permanent beds which will then be broadforked in the future.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
oats and peas, rye and vetch, buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
what is produced on farm and will have to buy in this year more than likely
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". *
4 wheel barrows per bed
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
I am not currently using manure but plan on sourcing from local horse farms
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". *
2-3"
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
late fall/early winter
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. *
pelletized chicken manure
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. *
Primary weed problem is going to be the weed pressure this year with the land having been fallow but I plan on doing some intensive cover cropping in the 2 3/4 acres which I will not be actively growing in to produce veggies so that I can drown out some of the pressure while building my soil. I'm going to have to be lots of hand weeding but I will likely be using straw mulch as well.
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. *
Im unsure of exactly what types of insects I will be dealing with as it is my first year on this land but I will be hand picking, introducing beneficial insects, using floating row cover and probably minimally be spraying BT's perhaps twice a year. also practicing proper crop rotations and field rotation
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. *
I feel powdery mildew is going to be my largest disease challenge, I will mostly deal with that by pulling afflicted plants as necessary
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
I have a 650' deep well with a 2.5 hp pump to fit my irrigation needs.
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. *
to the east, south and west I am surrounded by treeline and only have residential neighbors, to the north there is a soy farm across the street we are separated by at least 400 feet

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:
we're in our first year and off to a seemingly great start, fingers crossed, I'd like to continue to keep this land Certified Naturally Grown and know that being certified will help my business on its pathway to success.