Produce & Flowers
Owl Wood FarmOwner: Mark Bascom Lindsay Fisk
10 Winters Way
Salem, NY 12865
daytime phone: (518) 538-9467
Web site: http://owlwood.weebly.com
Application Date: 2014-03-10
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- For years we have grown following organic standards. We don't spray products that are deemed safe for "organic" fearing the safety of some of those products; organic doesn't always describe our growing practices. When we are marketing our products it's sometimes difficult to convey these issues to the customer. Having a label that is widely known and recognizable would help to verify our word.
- 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? *
- I've seen other farms in the area labeled as such on their websites and farmstands.
- 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: *
- We use a power harrow to only work the top 1" of soil while incorporating soil amendments and compost.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- We buy in a finished compost from a local source.
- 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". *
- 1-2 inches deep
- 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. *
- We limed the first year and added minerals based on our soil sample. We added Sul-po-mag, Azomite for trace minerals, and organic chicken compost (Kreyer's). We added these before making each bed in the spring.
- 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? *
- 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. *
- Any section not being used is covered with silage tarps to prevent weeds from establishing; it also keeps the ground from being bare and exposed. We use landscape fabric to prevent weeds from establishing on crops that will be growing for substantial amounts of time like kale, chard, cabbage, summer and winter squash. For quick growing, direct seeded crops like arugula, carrots and beets we will stirrup hoe between rows and wheel hoe paths.
- 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. *
- Our main method for insects is exclusion netting (Proteknet) which prevents the bugs from contacting the plants. This helps with flea beetles, cucumber beetles and squash bugs and cabbage moths. For crops that we cannot cover like tomaotoes for the hornworm or after the squash flowers, we will periodically walk through and hand pick pests.
- 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. *
- A wide array of tomato diseases we try to prevent by trellising and pruning and keeping plants under cover in greenhouses or Caterpillar structures. Downy mildew on lettuces we order varieties that are resistant. Also we use drip irrigation as much as possible to keep leaves dryer which prevents multiple issues.
- 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? *
- 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. *
- On our North and West sides are residential neighbors. Our East side is wooded for 250 ft and we are significantly higher than the conventional sorghum field below. Our slight concern is a field to the South; the conventional sorghum is 100 ft from our fields but there is 50 ft tree line in between and we've talked to the farmer about not spraying on breezy days. To the west is 150 ft to the town road, and then acres of woods.
- 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: