Produce Application

Arbor Farmstead

Owner: Alisha Utter

Address:
3 Faywood Rd.
Grand Isle, VT 05458
Vt County

Mailing Address:
3 Faywood Rd.
Grand Isle, VT 05458

Web site: http://www.arborfarmstead.com

Application Date: 2019-05-10

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We grow in accordance to CNG guidelines and I appreciate the farmer-to-farmer dimension that CNG incorporates throughout the certification process.
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? *
I first learned of CNG from fellow market gardeners across the US.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.5 (including annual flowers)
Fruit Crops:
2
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:
Value-added products are available via our online store: https://arborfarmstead.com/store

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Our primary means for preparing land is using tarps. If needed, a walk-behind rototiller is used to incorporate plant matter and/or fertility.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Yes, the cover crops change seasonally and are determined by the crop that it is following and preparing for. The main cover crops used include buckwheat, vetch, and clover.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Compost is produced on-site using plant materials and purchased in via Green Mountain Compost (they presently have bulk compost available that is suitable for Organic/CNG production).
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 inch of compost
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. *
Kelp Meal: used 1-2 times in long-season crops Jobe's Organics All-Purpose Plant Meal: used to water seedlings
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. *
Weeds are prevented with mulch (landscape fabric and/or cardboard/woodchips). Weeds are managed via ongoing hand weeding.
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 work hard at creating an agroecosystem that is biodiverse and does not require inputs, such as insecticides. The strategy that we use is exclusion (e.g., row cover for leek moth; exclusion netting in high tunnels with cane fruit). We also physically remove insects, such as picking off tomato hornworms. We grow using veganic practices, which seeks to limit any harm to sentient beings.
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. *
Disease challenges are limited as most of the annual crops we produce are for our own consumption and therefore we can have a relatively lenient baseline for pests/disease. One of the diseases we observe in the high tunnel is raspberry leaf curl - we just remove the impacted leaves/plants. We also see various diseases in field tomatoes, however do not treat these aside from preemptively thinning plants to promote airflow.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Municipal water
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
We purchase perennial plants from a variety of wholesale sources: Indiana Berry Company; Nourse Farms; Hartmann's.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Unknown for perennials
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). *
See perennial sources listed above
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. *
We are surrounded by residential properties. The north and west property boundaries are separated by >25 feet of perennial plants. The eastern portion of the property is woodland, which provides a 4-acre buffer between cropped areas and the next residential property. The southern property boundary is the road, with >25 feet of perennial plants.

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 grow using veganic practices, which excludes the use of farmed animal products.