Produce & Flowers

DaisyFields Farm

Owner: LeeAnn Swenson-Juul

Address:
275 Wantage Ave.
Branchville, NJ 07826
Sussex County

Web site: http://daisyfieldsfarm.com

Application Date: 2021-04-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a small farm growing produce and flowers using organic practices. Our customer base values locally produced food; and we are proud to be part of providing quality food to local families. The Certified Naturally Grown program is attractive to us as it is community based, and within reach of a small farm like ours.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
no
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
We noticed that another local farm (Fresh As It Gets Gardens) is certified.
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: *
3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
7
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.75
Fruit Crops:
1.25
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Poultry for egg production; livestock pasture
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Mushrooms and Eggs (we will complete those applications also)
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:
Local food delivery service: Front Porch Organics

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Annual tilling using a tractor attachment and a hand tiller in smaller areas
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Hairy Vetch on some areas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm composted mix that includes livestock manure and bedding (straw-based) combined with other on-farm produced vegetation (grass clippings, leaves, etc.). Compost is regularly turned and is used after aging for at least 12 months.
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". *
Approximately 2-4 inches deep, mixed in with tiller
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On-farm animals: 300 chickens; 2 horses; 2 goats
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". *
Aged manure is mixed in with the compost above and represents approximately 25-30% of the total mix
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
no
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. *
Lime has been used when warranted based on soil testing.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
no
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
no
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
yes
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. *
In the produce field we have typical local weeds like thistle, purslane, dandelion, chickweed, 'smartweed', etc. (I may be wrong on the actual names.) We primarily control these by physically pulling them and using some black weed-control fabric (which we pull up and reuse). We have also used a vinegar solution with mixed results; and plan to use this where it has been effective in the past. In the berry area, we use wood chips (scraps from a local firewood producer) as a barrier. Around the fruit trees, we use wood mulch. We use straw around the garlic.
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. *
I am not sure of the exact insects, but they include worm-like insects on kale and chard, and beetle-like insects on squash and eggplant. We spray the leafy produce with a non-detergent soap solution; and this is effective if we keep up with it. We no longer plant eggplant in the field due to the insects; and have adjusted our planned produce based on past success and failures with insects. We use an organic dormant oil spray on the fruit trees.
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. *
We do not currently have disease problems, but are aware of fungal issues with fruit trees in our area. It is our understanding that use of horticultural oil/neem oil would be a possible solution. However we would welcome any guidance on this.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
On-farm well water
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
no
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
no

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. *
We use organic seeds from Seed Savers, American Meadows, and others. We also harvest and use seeds produced the prior year for some of our squash and other produce. We use our own seed garlic, which is in it's 3rd year of production.
Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Do you grow your own transplants? *
yes
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
Both
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
We have purchased organic potting soil from McEnroe Organic Farm (OMRI listed; and we have mixed our own. Our home mix is peat moss or our own compost, topsoil from PineTurf in Pine Island NY, and clean sand. We use a combination of purchased soil and mixed depending on price and what is currently available.
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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. *
None
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
no
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
no
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
yes
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. *
Rural road approximately 100' on one side; across the road is 5 acres of wetlands. Hay field for 5 acres on one side. Hay open meadow hill and hay field for 3 acres on one side. House/yard/ and pasture for 3 acres on one side.

Agreements

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 is a small family farm, just starting to enter a phase of emphasis on the farm business. Our current primary product is eggs, but we are expanding into produce and will be adding mushrooms. We are members of the NJ Farm Bureau and our current main customer does home-delivery of organic and organic-practices local produce. We have an on-farm market that will be expanding from a 'side-of-the-road' cart to a dedicated small on-farm structure this year.