Produce & Flowers
Queens County Farm MuseumOwner: Daniel Morales
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, NY 11004
Web site: http://queensfarm.org
Application Date: 2022-01-19
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We are a direct-to-consumer operation and have always operated with organic principles in mind, but as we are growing our operation, we'd like to have a label we believe in that reflects our growing principles.
- 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? *
- My friends at Vibrant Farm are CNG.
- 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? *
- Internships, apprenticeships, jobs, and management positions. I have trained under amazing "beyond organic" farms and do not have interest in bad farming practices. I have a whole set of tools, resources, and experiences to farm 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: *
- Mow down crop/cover crop, chisel plow, till under, wait a couple of weeks, then a final shallow tilling for a seedbed.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Buckwheat, oats & peas, rye and crimson clover
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Purchased, organic, leaves and yard waste mainly.
- 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". *
- I haven't done so yet, but my plan is to do about 1/2" of compost once a year.
- 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. *
- I would only use OMRI-approved products. This is my first year (fertilizers or amendments have not been used here), but my products of choice: alfalfa meal, feather meal, kelp and crab meal, lime, azomite, and SOP. I may also use northcountry organics 543 blend.
- 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. *
- Galinsoga, purslane, and other annual weeds - flame weed, buckwheat, using landscape fabric in weediest areas, and mechanical cultivation using a walk-behind tractor with finger weeders, baskets, sweeps, tine weeders.
- 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 - row cover/exclusion, trap crops cucumber beetlers - row cover, kaolin clay and rotation, trap crops potato bugs - hand picking
- 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. *
- Bacterial wilt on cukes: prevent flea beetle infestations Blight - move tomatoes indoors powdery mildews - better air circulation and spacing
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- NYC water
- 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. *
- Johnny's Osbourne High Mowing and Misc supply from Territorial, Seed Savers Exchange, Baker Creek I select based on recommended performers and avoid conventional seed.
- 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? *
- I make my own
- What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
- All OMRI approved: Peat Moss Lime Blood Meal Alfalfa Meal Rock Phos Kelp Meal Perlite Compost
- 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. *
- We are surrounded by trees and a public city park, and roads. Our fields are well bordered by these structures
- 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: