Produce & Flowers

Concession Road Garden

Owner: SVAVA JULIUSSON

Address:
224 Concession 13 Walpole
Hagersville, ON N0A 1H0
Haldimand County

daytime phone: (905) 906-6883
evening phone: (905) 906-6883
Web site: http://www.concessionroadgarden.ca

Application Date: 2021-12-06

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are new market garden operation, and heading into year two of growing primarily cut flowers for market and on farm sales. From the beginning, we have utilized a no-till/no-dig approach for growing our crops, which along with benefitting soil health is also much more productive on the heavy clay on our property. Our soil inputs are composed of our own compost and chicken manure as well as locally sourced soil and aged manure. We don't use any any pesticides on our farm, and have focused instead on creating environments for beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife to combat pest pressure.
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? *
Jennie Love, a no-till flower farmer based in Philadelphia www.lovenfreshflowers.com @notillflowers and @lovenfreshflowers
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? *
We, my husband Mark Birstein and I, have been avid backyard gardeners for 20 plus years. We are now living on a one acre property, where we are growing cut flowers, herbs, small batch heirloom produce, and nurturing a modest orchard of quince trees. Our farming education has mostly been from trial and error - but always supplemented with research on best practices through several books on no-till farming, and on natural methods of pest/weed control; as well as advice from local organic growers in our area and beyond. We are heading into our 2nd year, of growing for market, and our aim to put soil health at the core of our farming practices. Our property is surrounded by commercial cash crop farms, which provides certain challenges for maintaining natural growing practices, but we have been planting native trees, shrubs and plants as part of hedgerow buffers and throughout our property as habitat for wildlife and insects. We will continue to study and practice farming according to CNG standards.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1 acre
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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:
Pop-up flower sales at Applehill Lavender Farm, summer 2022

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
NO-till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, clover, purple tansy, borage
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, purchased complete, grass, leaf mold, local dairy
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? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
local dairy
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
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Fall
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. *
Fish compost, and organic fish emulsion
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? *
no
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. *
Bindweed, creeping charley. We hand weed and use mulch (straw and/or wood chips) to combat weed pressure.
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. *
Aphids, snails/slugs, tomato horn beetle, Japanese beetles, cucumber beetle, coddling moth. The snails, slugs are handpicked and fed to our chickens, all other insect pests are left alone.
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. *
Powdery mildew, blossom end rot, thrip. Good soil health, maintaining airflow in the greenhouse and high tunnel is our best defence against disease; as well as clearing all damaged/diseased plant material from the in and around the plants
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Stored rain 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. *
Our seeds are sourced from a variety of sources - Local Organic: Seeds of IMBOLC; Matchbox Seeds and Garden, William Dam Seeds. Other sources: West Coast Seeds, Incredible Seed Company, Johnny's Seeds, Stems Flower Farm.
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? What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
We purchase organic garden soil and add our own compost for seedlings. We have also used promix organic potting soil.
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. *
N/A
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
Please describe the sources of your transplants. *
Lemongrass seedlings from Richters (without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents) Various shrubs, trees and native plants from Ontario Native PLants (without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents) Bare root perennial from DeVroomen Canada, Walters Greenhouses, Van Noort; annual plugs from Walters, Jolly Farmer and JVK.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Cannot confirm all
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
Annual plugs: Lisianthus, Marigold, Talinum, Aster and Delphinium. Bare root perennials: Alchemilla Mollis (Lady's Mantel) (25 bare root plants) Baptisia - Burgundy Blast (5 bare roots) Baptisia - Decadence Series - Dark Chocolate (5 bare roots) Dahlia - Brigitta Alida (10 tubers) Dahlia - Liquid Desire - 10 tubers (10 tubers) Thalicrum delavayi (Chinese Meadow Rue) (12 bare roots)
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
Conventional feed crops (corn and soy) grown on surrounding fields.
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. *
We have asked farmer to give us a buffer when they spray pesticides and fertilizers, they have mostly complied with our request. The majority of our crops are grown at least 20 metres from property edge. There is one crop row that is about 3 metres from the edge - it is used for cover crops and has a living berm comprised of perennial pollinators as an additional buffer. We are also hoping to lease an additional three acres surrounding our property.

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:
Thanks very much for your consideration.