Produce & Flowers

Js Grass Fed Garden

Owner: John Colombo

Address:
Bennington, VT

daytime phone: (203) 540-7868
Web site: http://https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVcxDPcK2EPHmYAD2w11_SQ

Application Date: 2022-01-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I believe in food certification and have done my research in certifiers who do so, from my research I have concluded I would like to move forward with getting certified naturally grown.
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? *
A farm in update New York in which I do not know the name of, but he was wherein a shirt saying certified naturally grown and we got to talk all about it which led me to do more of my own independent research.
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? *
I have worked on many different farms in the past, most big ag, but then I started doing more research on small scale regenerative practices. I have been farming on my own for one complete season, this year will be the beginning of my second season. I will be bringing my produce to market. Food is grown from only certified organic seeds and I never will use pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. Also never synthetic fertilizers. My number one source of soil fertility is fresh cut grass from a near by pasture. And I only use Hand tools.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
18ft x 18ft garden square with 12 permanent raised beds
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
10 beds are devoted to a rotation schedule mixed vegetables
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
2 acres
Grains/Beans:
2 beds are devoted to grains and 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:
Arlington Village Farmers Market

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oats, wheat, Austrian winter pea.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Local grass, local wood chips, all organic matter grown from garden.
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 on each of the 12 raised beds
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
Vermont compost fort Vee mix for sool block seed starts -Blended from manure compost; sphagnum peat moss; crushed, washed screened granite/basalt blend; coconut coir; vermiculite; gypsum; blood meal; kelp; bone meal.
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. *
The only challenge I have is not being able to keep up with keep the soil covered with grass because the worms and soil life eat it very quickly, as long as I keep the soil cover with 3-5 inches of grass I have no 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. *
I let nature take its course and do not intervene, if a crop is decimated by a insect I take a step back to observe what is happening and depending on what the case may be I will either leave it and let nature take its course or I will cut out the plant that is being attacked and remove it from the garden.
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. *
If we have a wet season, they zucchini’s can get some bad blight, same as I stated with the insects I will either let nature take its course or I will remove the diseased plant from the garden.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
I don’t irrigate I hand water and water is brought from Woodford natural spring off of route 9 in woodford Vermont or the rain is my two sources of watering
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. *
High Mowing Seeds, Galusha Hill Seeds, Hudson Valley Seed Company, and Wood prairie Family 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? *
Purchase potting soil
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Vermont compost fort vee mix Blended from manure compost; sphagnum peat moss; crushed, washed screened granite/basalt blend; coconut coir; vermiculite; gypsum; blood meal; kelp; bone meal.
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
no
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? *
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. *
No conventional practices near by to south and west is a nature preserve, to the east is deep pasture eventually becoming nature preserve again and to the north there is at least 100 yards between the garden and the road

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: