Produce Application

McCollum Orchards LLC

Owner: Richard Woodbridge

Address:
248 N ADAM ST
Lockport, NY 14094
Niagara County

daytime phone: (716) 280-1181
Web site: http://www.mccollumorchards.com

Application Date: 2019-04-08

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have been growing produce to organic standards for the past six years. The Certified Organic certification is too cost prohibitive and requires too much paperwork and I do not get the cost benefit of being certified organic where I live. CNG makes sense for my farm because it shows the public that I do grow to the strict standards that I claim.
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? *
A presenter at the NOFA-NY conference

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
10
Number of above acreage that you own: *
10
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
35
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
I lease this acreage out to another farmer that does corn and wheat.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
5
Fruit Crops:
4
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
1
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 plow, disc and tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oats, Peas, Clover, Vetch
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm, and cow compost from local certified organic dairy
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". *
5,000lbs/acre
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. *
Azomite rock powder, Lime, peat (for acid and organic matter), Kreher's 8-2-2 certified organic fertilizer, Neptune's Own fish emulsion, blood meal.
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. *
I have all sorts of weed. Lots of chickweed in the high-tunnels and grasses in the field. I use landscape fabrics to keep weeds in-check. I cover crop. I stale bed when I have to and I have an old cultivating tractor that I use in the rows. Also lots of stirrup hoeing.
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. *
Flea beetles are the biggest issue in the spring. I control them with row covers and I put Surround Clay on the plants before transplanting. Coddling moths get my brassicas in the fall. I have some insect netting, but not much works for them.
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 get tomato blights, and the best option for me is to remove the plants. Sometimes I get a nutrient deficiency on things under plastic, but that is because of inconsistent watering.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City fire hydrant
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. *
I lease 35 acres of nearby land to a conventional farmer. The crops that I grow are Southwest of the field, which makes them upwind and unlikely to ever get spray. There is nearly 200 feet between my field and their field. My apples trees are closer to the the conventional farming (about 75 feet), but are separated by brush. The area between my fields and the conventional farm on the North is a large woodpile and a long strip of natural grasses & native plants that attract beneficial insects. The area directly East of my fields is woodland. The area directly South of my fields is woodland. The area directly West of my fields is lawn from my yard (I do not spray or use any amendments on my lawn) and more woodlands.

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:
My farm is located 100% inside the city limits and has been in my family for 192 years.