Senior Inspector

Broadfork Farm

Owner: Janet Aardema and Dan Gagnon

9501 Deer Range Rd
Moseley, VA 23120
Chesterfield County

daytime phone: (804) 335-5344
Web site:

Application Date: 2019-11-19

Farming History

Your Name *
Daniel Gagnon
For how many years have you managed or worked on a CNG-certified farm? *
How many years of experience total do you have managing a farming operation that’s managed according to CNG/organic principles (whether certified or not)? *
Please indicate the place/s where you have farmed, including farm name, town, state, and country. *
Broadfork Farm, Moseley, VA, USA

Types of Farming & Expertise

Please check the box corresponding to the types of operations with which you have at least three years of experience.

What type of training have you received in farming practices (on-farm and off-farm)? *
Off-farm trainings: Soil mineral balancing (Dan Kittredge - Bionutrient Food Association) , soil microbiology (Elaine Ingham - Virginia State University day class), Elaine Pollushuk (Advanced Vegetable Production Intensive + Farming for Profit), Pam Dawling (Winter Growing Intensive).
Please briefly describe your experience with mentoring, training, or advising other farmers, if any.
Our farm has run a successful farm apprenticeship program for the last 6 years. We have developed a curriculum that covers all major aspects of running and operating a small diversified vegetable farm.
What aspect of your farming operation are you most proud of? *
Our apprenticeship program and our community outreach.
What aspect of your farming operation are you most known for? (This could be a particular crop beloved by customers or an uncommon production method that other farmers would appreciate.) *
Oh geez...consistent high quality salad mix production for our customers. Or maybe, in our local farming community, that we are both farm nerds and love talking about technical farming stuff.
What do you appreciate about Certified Naturally Grown?
I appreciate that CNG always has its finger on the pulse of its growers. I feel like CNG is open and responsive to member feedback. Also, I appreciate that CNG is on a continual path of development and improvement (just like most farms), unlike certified organic which seems to be continually water-downed by corporate interests.
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