Heritage Creek FarmOwner: james kenik
284 elk creek rd
Schenevus, NY 12155
284 elk creek rd po box 7
schenevus, NY 12155
daytime phone: (607) 435-3531
evening phone: (607) 638-9108
Application Date: 2017-03-01
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- This is my first year as a commercial farm.I've always followed organic farming practices even thought i don't have the certification. I thought naturally grown really fit my context.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you held any certification/s in the past that you don't currently hold? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Threw my own research in the industry.
- Check all types of mushrooms you intend to certify. Please include any types you intend to grow or harvest in the coming 24 months. *
- Other types you'll be growing, not listed above:
- Are there any mushroom types you grow or harvest for which you are NOT seeking certification? Please list all such types, and explain why you are not seeking to certify them.
- Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *
- Please specify what other markets (if any).
Substrate, Supplements, and Other Materials
- For each type of mushroom you produce, tell us about your substrate. (Put "N/A" or leave blank for any type you don't produce). Please indicate in the appropriate box below: 1) what you use for substrates and supplements (if any) and 2) the sources of these materials. Include names of products and distributors where appropriate. If any substrate is obtained from a non-commercial source, please describe that source.
- Shiitake (Lentinula)
- Grown on hardwood logs sourced on the farm. not growing this year.
- Oyster (Pleurotus)
- Grown in bags with wheat straw and wheat bran from a local farm and a local feed store. Also grown on locally sourced hard wood chips.
- King stropharia, garden giant, wine cap (Stropharia)
- Grown on woodchips made at the farm. I also will use some wheat straw also sourced for my local feed store. Growing but not selling, this strain is apart of my good soil farming practices.
- Reishi (Ganoderma)
- Enoki, velvet foot (Flammulina)
- Maitake, hen of the woods (Grifola)
- I am currently foraging these mushrooms from the woods in which they come back year after year.
- Butterscotch mushroom (Nameko)
- Lion's mane, pom-poms (Hericium)
- Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus)
- White button, portabella (Agaricus)
- Other (please specify)
- Did you remember to indicate, for each of the substrates and supplements noted above, the sources of these materials? You may use this space to say anything else about the substrates you're using or may want to use in the future.
- Do your substrates include corn, soy, cotton seed hulls, or other byproducts of crops that are grown commercially in GMO form? *
- Do you use logs as a substrate? *
- Do you adhere to all state or local quarantines for forest products that there may be in your region? *
- Please describe any steps you take to ensure that the logs you use are harvested according to a forest management plan that will maintain or help improve the overall health of the forest. *
- I have partnerd with a local arborist to provide me with local hardwood limbs that would otherwise be chipped for mulch.
- What do you use to seal logs after inoculation? *
- Bee's wax
- If you use wax, how do you confirm that it does not contain ethylene-propylene co-polymer, synthetic colors, or perfumes? *
- I source it from our local bee aviary.
- Do you use wood chips, sawdust, sawdust blocks, or wood pellets? *
- Have you confirmed that these are not chemically treated, nor contain glue or other adhesives? *
- Do you use any of the following items as substrate: cardboard, paper, clothing, municipal compost, wood from rare trees harvested for mushroom production? *
- Do you use manure as a substrate in your mushroom operation? *
- Please describe all sterilization or pasteurization procedures and materials you use. (If none, please put N/A) *
- I pasteurize my straw in a barrel of hot water then bag and spawn in a bag made for mushroom production. Sometimes i do batches in Planting buckets.
- How do you dispose of or re-purpose used substrate? Please indicate current practices as well as any plans you have for how the used substrate may be put to further productive use. *
- I use it for a super special fungally dominated compost on my vegetable bed pathways.
- How do you ensure that nutrients from used substrate do not leach into waterways? *
- I have a no til or low till approach to farming. I do use lots of compost, however because i don't turn or till my soil it doesn't release the high concentration of fertilizer because of this.
Containers, Racks, and Beds
- Please describe the racks and beds used in production (if any). What are they made of? *
- My racks are made from wood and PVC pipe.
- Please describe any containers used for sterilization, and/or pasteurization. What are they made of? *
- stainless steel barrels.
- Please describe any containers used for production. What are they made of? If you don't use containers for production (as for log-based production) you may answer "n/a". *
- Were the containers purchased new or repurposed? If re-purposed, please describe how the containers had been used previously, and how you confirmed this with the supplier(s). *
- In your operation, do any of the following materials come into direct contact with any substrate or fruiting bodies?Plastics that contain BPA, polystyrene, treated wood, railroad ties, containers that previously held toxic materials, re-purposed containers that had an unknown prior use *
- CNG Mushroom certification covers cultivated mushrooms, not wild-crafted mushrooms. However, we include this section on the application for two reasons: #1 It is important to us that those who participate in our programs are mindful of the sustainability of the non-certified portions of their operations. #2 We want to give our members the opportunity to be transparent about their wild-crafting practices, and to minimize confusion about which mushrooms are certified.
- Are any of the mushrooms you sell wild harvested (or "wildcrafted")? Yes/No *
- What types of wild mushrooms do you harvest and sell? *
- Please describe what measures you take to ensure that you do not over harvest these mushrooms, and that there will continue to be wild mushrooms of that variety in the locations where you found them. *
- I only harvest a portion of the fruiting bodies.
- Since CNG doesn't offer certification for wildcrafted mushrooms, you must agree not to market any wildcrafted mushrooms (or products made from them) as Certified Naturally Grown. Please indicate you agree to this requirement by typing your initials here. *
- What water contamination experts have you consulted to identify which contaminants are typically found in area water, and determine the tests that should be conducted? Relevant experts may include local or state health department officials, Natural Resource Conservation Service agents, state environmental protection or pollution control agencies, local well drilling and water testing companies. (If you haven't yet done this, please indicate who you will approach, and by when you expect to have completed this program requirement.) *
- We initially had the water tested a few years ago. We have a well and to the best of my knowledge it is super good. The only issue was a slight increase in some minerals. City of Oneonta water lab tested on Feb 14, 2018 and it came back negative for total coliform and e. coli.
- Have you tested your water at the point of use for heavy metals or other contaminants that were identified by local water quality experts? When? What were the results? (If you haven't yet done this, please indicate by when you expect to have completed this program requirement.) *
- Yes, came back negative.
- Do you use well water to mist or irrigate fruiting bodies? *
- Please note CNG mushroom standards require you test well water used to mist or irrigate fruiting bodies at least once per year for E. coli, and the results must be negative with no E. coli detected. Have you tested your well water for E. coli within the past year? What was the date of the most recent test? What were the results? Please keep lab results on file, and plan to have them available during your inspection. *
- We test was negative for total coliform and e. coli (Feb 14, 2018)
- Do you use surface water to soak logs or to irrigate non-fruiting substrate? Surface water includes water from ponds, streams, and reservoirs. *
- Do you ever use surface water to mist or irrigate fruiting bodies? *
- Do you purchase spawn or produce your own or some of each? (If purchased, please list the supplier.) *
- I purchase my spawn. Mountainmushrooms.com
- CNG mushroom standards prohibit for spawn production the use of adhesives, byproducts of GMO crops, or other materials prohibited for use as substrate. Are you confident none of these materials were used as a growing media for the spawn? *
Pest & Disease Management
- Describe your primary insect pest challenges AND methods of prevention and control. (Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate actual pest challenges or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage or how you would manage them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used.) *
- I use appropriate technology. Insect netting and mechanical controls. I don't see any issues at the moment and haven't had any pest issues in the past.
- Describe your primary disease challenges AND methods of prevention and control. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
- Again as far as mushroom disease issues i don't have any but if i did i wouldn't spray anything i would consider the batch contaminated and just cut the loss as sometimes during the spawning process bag can become bacterially dominated and are no good.
Site Location and Buffers
- Is your operation either partially or entirely INdoors? *
- Please describe neighboring land uses to the north, south, east and west of your INdoor operation. *
- The only land in use for other agriculture is a farm to the east around 500m away from me and is also down hill.
- Do these uses pose a risk of drift or contamination? If so, please describe. *
- How does your ventilation and air filtration system prevent possible contamination? *
- The bags are sealed and only fruiting bodies will emerge there will be no contamination. If contamination is present in a bag before fruiting i remove the bag(s) that are no good and dispose of them promptly.
- If you share space with other producers, please indicate whether they use synthetic chemicals, and if so, how do you protect your production area from potential contamination? *
- I don;t share the space with other growers.
- Is your operation either partially or entirely OUTdoors? *
- Please describe neighboring land uses to the north, south, east and west of your OUTdoor operation. *
- noneThe only land in use for other agriculture is a farm to the east around 500m away from me and is also down hill.
- Do these uses pose a risk of drift or contamination? *
- What is the distance between your outdoor production area and the nearest sources of possible contamination? *
- What other factors mediate the risk of contamination? (Prevailing wind patterns, windbreaks, method of spray, etc.) *
- wind breaks on all sides.
- Has your outdoor production area been treated with prohibited substances within the past 36 months? If so, by what was it treated, and when? *
- What measures have you taken to conserve energy, improve energy efficiency, and/or use energy from renewable sources? (This could include system design, siting, insulation, lighting choices, and more.)
- I try and use the wood from the property to use as fuel for heating the water during pasturization. Sometimes i use spent coffee grounds as a waste stream for substrate.
- Please use this space to highlight any other measures you take to reduce the environmental impact of your operation or to make it more sustainable in other ways.
- There is only a positive enviromental imapact from growing the mushrooms on this farm. They are providing a source of food for the micro organisms in the soil. Also the help breakdown any exsisting contaminates in the soils as this is theyre primary function.
Inspections & Networks
- A core requirement of CNG certification is the on-site peer-review. Getting this completed is facilitated if you're a part of a network of mushroom producers who might serve as your inspector.
- Are you a part of a network (informal or formal) of mushroom producers in your geographic area? *
- I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe that a farm product not raised in accord with CNG standards is Certified Naturally Grown *
- I understand that I have to complete at least one Inspection of another CNG aquaponic producer in my area each year, if there is one within a one hour drive. *
- I understand that the inspection I conduct will NOT be of the same producer that inspected me. *
- I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown mushroom certification standards, I understand them, and I will abide by them. 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 operation.