Produce & Flowers

Autumn Harvest Orchard, LLC

Owner: Joanne Charon

879 Winchester Road
Norfolk, CT 06058
Litchfield County

daytime phone: (203) 592-0554
evening phone: (203) 592-0554
Web site:

Application Date: 2021-11-11

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
As to enhance sales and for required organic certification documents.
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? *
From another Certified Naturally Grown Farmer
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? *
Learned how to organically grow apples, berries, chestnuts and vegetables through research and being a lifetime member of the CT NOFA.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
7.5 acres
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:
- CT Licensed and registered Honey Producer - High Tunnel vegetables - Certified CT Farmer
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:
Private and public schools

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
JD 3510 with a 6 foot tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Winter Rye and Daikon radishes
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm: Leaves, grass, apple waste and chestnut husks tilled into planting field. No manures.
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". *
800 lbs per year for 7.5 acres
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. *
CT NOFA Bulk Order: NCO Pro Gro (5-3-4) 12 (50 lbs), Humates 3 (50 lbs), Chicken Manure (5-4-3) 12 (50 lbs); Limestone 40 lbs, K-Mag/Sul-Po-Mag 0-0-22 Berries: Berry Mix (4-2-4) 50#
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. *
Thistle, grass and bittersweet are all hand picked during the growing season. This encourages earth worms and frogs to survive and breed.
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. *
Apples: Plum Curculio weasel, codling moth and the tarnish plant bug are very destructive to the apples. Utilize Surround, Azera Insecticide ORMI; Pyganic 5% ORMI, DES-X ORMI insecticidal soap, Dipel ORMI, JMS Style ORMI oil, Codling moth disrupters Isomate CM/OFM, etc. Premix and spray fruit trees every week.
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. *
Fruit Trees: Fire Blight, apple scab, cedar apple rust, brown rot, black rot and sooty blotch /fly speck. Control: Nodox 75WG Spring oil, Microthiol Disperss Sulfer, baking Soda, or sodium bicarbonate added with JMS Style oil. Spray fruit trees every week.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well Water only.
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. *
Yes either we purchase organic seeds or non treated vegetable seeds when we plant.
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? *
organic potting mix
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Perlite and Peat Moss
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. *
Not applicable
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. *
East: Tree buffer <100 feet West: Tree fence and wall buffer from main road <100 feet North: Tree buffer <100 feet South: Wetlands and pond <100 feet


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:
As a registered Beekeeper I only use organic Formic acid pads to treat the bees against varroa mites. Currently using Formic Pro. No unauthorizes medications are used and the hives are located on the farm producing a safe honey.