Produce & Flowers

J&A Farm

Owner: Jeff Bialas

12 Indiana Road
Goshen, NY 10924
Orange County

Mailing Address:
PO Box 188
Pine Island, NY 10969

Web site:

Application Date: 2013-04-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We started our farm 4 years ago and have been using organic practices since we began. It is difficult to communicate our commitment to organic because we are prohibited from using the word organic without a big explanation and disclaimer surrounding it (due to the USDA rule). It is not practical for us to get the USDA organic certification because we sell all of our products direct to the consumer and we are a small husband and wife run farm, we don’t have the time or money to go through the whole organic certification rigmarole. The CNG certification seems like a pretty straightforward process, and compatible with the mission and practices of our farm.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
several other farmers
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
moldboard plow
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
annual rye, sudan grass, buckwheat, clover, etc.
Do you use Compost? *
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
Seaweed/fish fertilizer Sea-Plus Liquid Seaweed/Fish Fertilizer 3-2-2 (OG) and Neptune's Harvest Fish Fertilizer 2-4-1 (OG) above only used on starter plants propogated in Greenhouse, and on rare occasions as a spot treatment in the fields. Otherwise no fertilizer treatment in fields.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
We treated tomatoes for Late blight in 2013 with 3 applications of conventional fungicides targeted to kill late blight (during August and September of 2013). Customers were informed of this at our market during the time when the tomatoes were being sold. The area of the field where these tomatoes were grown (and sprayed with the conventional fungicides) has been taken out of production for the 2014 season and is being planted with a mix of beneficial cover crops. This will ensure that no food crops are being grown on the land that was sprayed last year, as well as doing something that will benefit those fields and the farm as a whole.
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
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. *
Mostly annual broadleaf and some grasses. Mechanical tilling using AC-G with tiller or cultivator attachments, high wheel cultivator and hand weeding with hand tools and manually.
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 worst. Row cover (remay) to prevent them from getting to the young plants. Leaf hoppers and Colorado potato beetles on potatoes. For Hoppers, we apply pyganic within 2 days of first sighting on affected crops (potatoes). For CPB we apply entrust 2-3 times / at 7 day intervals (ideally, however we don't usually apply that many applications due to time constraints). Application begins at point when we begin to see visible CPB damage (appropriate threshhold for applying control).
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. *
Various bacterial diseases, particularly in tomatoes. Including speck, spot, as well as blight, anthracnose. Initially we adhere to proper cultural practices to minimize and prevent diseases as much as possible. Secondarily, if disease or favorable weather conditions arrise, we use copper fungicide as per label and latest organic approved protocols for use. We consult with Cornell Coop and NOFA-NY as necessary to identify problems and find organic solutions. We are adopting a stricter and more rigorous cultural management plan for 2014 to prevent late blight.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

How do you select your seeds? CNG standards call for growers to make a good faith effort to locate organically grown seeds by contacting at least 3 major suppliers. *
Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
Do you grow your own transplants? *
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
If any transplants are not grown according to CNG standards, please list them here. (If they all are, put "N/A".) This produce may not be marketed as Certified Naturally Grown. *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Hillcrest Nursery
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
they are certified organic, they have provided us with a certificate
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). *
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
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 have 3 seperate parcels. On our main parcel, our fields are bordered by ditches and town roads on 2 sides (North and South). Our own property with 3/4 acre of barns, lawn, greenhouse and parking area, etc. on one side (East). And another farm on the 4th side (West). We have a roadway and ditch between our neighbor's farm border and our crop area. The farmer on that farm has told us that he observes special caution to ensure no drift and an extra border (about 30 feet from his ditch border) to total a border between his possible spray zone and our crops of at least 50-60 feet. We have observed their spraying and they do indeed pay great care to lower and angle away their booms and observe an extra distance from our fields. Our second parcel is bordered on one side by a town road and ditches (South). One the 2nd side, we are bordered by a model airplane flying club (East). On the 3rd and 4th sides (North and West) we are bordered by vegetable fields, the crops vary from year to year, we allow approximately 30 feet from our ditch border as a buffer between our field and theirs. Those farmers are aware of, and take care to respect our organic growing practices. Our third parcel is bordered by a creek on one side (South), a town road and ditches on another side (North), our neighboring farmer (same one as on our 1st parcel) on the 3rd side (West) and our landlord's homes/lawns/barns on the 4th side (East). They are also aware of and respectful of our growing practices.


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. *
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