Produce Application

Six Circles Farm

Owner: Jacob, Lael, and Michael Eisman

Address:
1491 Caywood Rd.
Lodi, NY 14860
Seneca County

daytime phone: (607) 351-3921
evening phone: (607) 582-6204
Web site: http://www.sixcirclesfarm.com/

Application Date: 2007-04-10

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a small farm mainly dealing with the Ithaca Farmer's Market, Garlic Festivals, and possibly online buyers. CNG promotes small markets and hopes to sever the USDA organic monster.
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? *
My friend Ron Khosla told me about it. I go to school in New Paltz, and had the oppotrunity to hear about Hugenot Street Farm and I visited. This is how I heard about it.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
25
Number of above acreage that you own: *
40
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
8
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
17
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Garlic.
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:
yes

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We use our New Holland Tractor for tillage, in the spring time. For the Garlic we till after harvest.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Sudan Sorghum, Barley, Field Peas, Oats, Clover, Hairy vetch
Do you use Compost? *
no
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? *
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. *
Crop rotations, hand weeding!!! Mulch on the Garlic, Organic Straw.
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. *
The garlic hasn't had insect problems in the past. For potatoes, the potato beetle munches alot of our plants, We try killing them on the plant and leaving them there, with our fingers we squash them. Flea beatles eat our mustards, tatsoi's, Asian Greens, and Kale. We tried a home made hot pepper spray last year out of chile peppers and vinegar, it didn't seem to work. For pests in general, we use re-may, or floating row covers.
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. *
Blossom end rot on our tomatoes can be a problem. We mulch the tomatoes and give them a steady supply of water. The garlic has not had disease problems.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use a rain catchment system in our barn. We do not irrigate the garlic or cover crops. A 1000 gallon barrel sits in our barn, an attachment is on the top of the barrel that feeds from a gutter. It hits our barn roof and the rain water goes into the 1000 gallon plastic barrel.
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") *
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 south, a pasture area of 100 yards separates us from grape growes. There is also a tree line at the end of the 100 yards of pasture and a small private road in betwen the tree line and the conventinally grown grapes. In the East, one field is separated from the neighbor's driveway by a tree line. And another field is separated by 200 to 300 yards of pasture. In the North, a tree line and stream bed (10 yards) separates us from our neighbor's organic timothy rye fields. To the west, the forest runs down towards Seneca Lake, so nothing is being buffered against.

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:
Our farm is working on Garlic as our cash crop. Right now this is our main wish to get certified. The 17 additional acres are pasture-meadow. It has never been cultivated, and what grows here are various shrubs and grasses. I was thinking that in the future it would be convenient to have this land certified in case we do want to expand the plots. We occassionally mow these fields, but only around the cultivated veggie plots.