Produce Application

Stoneledge Edibles

Owner: Samuel Horst

Address:
2959 Co. Hwy. 31
Cherry Valley, NY 13320
County

daytime phone: (607) 242-4773
evening phone: (607) 264-9533

Application Date: 2019-06-06

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We want to be certified organic but it is more expensive.
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? *
n/a

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
5.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
5.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
5.5
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Honey
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: *
rototiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm. We pile it and turn the pile with the tractor and loader a couple times per year. The organic matter is from another farm that is not CNG or Certified Organic, but they have not used sprays for the last 3 years. Weeds off the garden are on a separate pile.
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". *
12 wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 sq ft
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
From on farm in compost mixed with a lot of hay. This is intertwined with the compost because all the manure we use is from our goat and the bedding pack and manure all go onto the compost pile. We do not keep any records; however we normally clean out the goat pen in the spring and do not use from that pile until the following spring (1 year later).
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". *
12 wheelbarrows per 1,000 sq ft
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
spring
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. *
Potting Mix: What we buy is for organic growers- peat moss and the rest is our compost which we mix in.
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? *
no
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. *
By hand and hoe as often as needed to keep weeds small
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. *
normal, companion planting, yearly
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. *
don't really have much problem if we have a problem we destroy the crop if necessary. We have had very little problem. Companion planting and destroying diseased plants are our most common methods by burning or composting. Crop rotation is a must. We try not to plant the same crop on any given area twice in a row.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well and rain water collected in buckets
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") *
Seeds- We save our own and also try to buy heirloom/open pollinated as well as organic. So I don't think we will have any hardship in switching to strictly organic certified seeds.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
onions
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
none
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). *
onions
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
conventional farm - herbicide (it is very, very minimal because we do have some buffer but occasionally the wind does blow.
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. *
North- certified organic East- 11 feet wooded with grass field beyond South- 100 feet (at least) of wooded and pasture with road beyond West- driveway and then grass field

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've been growing naturally for 8 years