Produce & Flowers

Uncle Henry's Garden

Owner: Stanley Chepaitis

Homer City, PA

daytime phone: (724) 349-2507
evening phone: (724) 349-2507
Web site:

Application Date: 2016-01-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am retiring from my university teaching position and starting a small produce farm on leased land using organic methods. I do eventually want to certify as organic, but I anticipate a year or two for that to be completed.
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? *
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
I grew produce for Misty Morning Farm in Indiana County, PA from 2007 until 2010. Misty Morning was, at that time, Certified Naturally Grown.
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
See answer to above. The owner of Misty Morning farm, John Hollway, was certified with this program.
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: *
I use a BCS Walk Behind Tractor with a tiller and power harrow. I creat raise beds and do minimal tillage from that point
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Hairy Vetch, White Clover
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
I haul in Horse manure from a local farm and compost it along with plant residues
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". *
3-4 barrow loads per 120 ft row
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. *
Neptunes Harvest Fish/ seaweed is applied once at planting or transplant, the twice more as a foliar feed at flowering and fruiting.
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. *
Morning Glory, Pigweed and Thistle have been my primary weed problems. Control is done with mulch, both biodegradable plastic and hay. Hand pulling is done if necessary
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 on Cabbage crops and potato. Primary control is with low tunnels and light fabric covers. I also use Garlic Barrier weekly to deter. Cucumber Beetles on Cucurbit Crops. I have found good results with Garlic barrier (OMRI Listed) applied weekly before the insects emerge and until late July when they flower. Cabbage worms on Broccoli/Cauliflower. A Bt product called Dipel (OMRI Listed) is used if infestation becomes dangerous.
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. *
Late Blight for Tomatoes. Control is use of Actinovate (OMRI Listed) along with good staking/pruning practice. I grow heirloom varieties in high tunnels to control moisture and grow more resistant varieties in the field. Bacterial wilt in Cucumbers. The disease is transmitted by beetles so control for cucumber beetles as outlined above. Downy, Powdery Mildew - I alternate Actinovate and Serenade (both OMRI Listed)
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
A small spring fed pond on the property at Jewel Road supplies irrigation.
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. *
The property is at least 150 yards from the nearest road. It is surrounded on all sides by windbreaks of mature trees.


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:
This farm has been in production as a Certified Organic Farm, doing primarily market sales for many years. The owners, Ken and Beth Marshall, have recently retired from active farming and are offering me a lease on the property.