Produce & Flowers

JTs Artsy Breeze

Owner: Alicia Janssen-Thayer

Address:
423394 25th Sideroad, Amaranth, ON L9V 1M3
237 St. Vincent Street
Meaford, ON N4L 1C1
Dufferin & grey County

Mailing Address:
212 Main Street
Melancthon, ON L9V 1X8

daytime phone: (519) 216-8148
evening phone: 7058818909 ext 2
Web site: http://jtsartsybreeze@gmail.com

Application Date: 2022-02-16

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Because I find to super important to keep chemicals out of my food and my families food, I want to share that with others and if I can advertise legally that we are Certified Naturally Grown I believe that we can get awareness to others how easy it is to grow your own vegetables organically.
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? *
I googled lol.
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 learned from friends along the way, and then I was given the opportunity last year to farm on a larger property and join markets. This year I'd like to prove that we are certified natural when we get to the markets. I'm not sure anything has prepared me, I just strive for as little chemicals in my household and life as possible and I've been working towards that for years so I was told I should check into getting certified.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2.5 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1/2
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.4 acre
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
0.1 acre
Sugarbush:
2 acres
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Cucamelon, Ground cherries. (They just didn't fit in as a fruit on the options you had in the checklist.)
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:
www.JTsArtsyBreeze.com

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Hand till, or tractor till.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
no
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. *
I buy soil from different organic friends farms each year as needed for planting seedlings, I'll be purchasing soil soon and will be keeping reciepts.
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. *
Dandelions and thistles I just weed my garden by hand and don't use any products.
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. *
Last year on one property there were squash beetles, and onion maggots. So we just pulled the onions immediately. For all else we used Diatomaceous Earth and I made a spray using neem oil, hot peppers, natural dish soap and water.
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 is an issues and I make homemade antifungal with natural teatree oil (doterra), baking soda, neem oil and water.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Collingwood water depot.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
no
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
yes
Maple sap is considered a wild crop. CNG's Wild Crop Harvesting Standard states that wild crop must be harvested in a manner that ensures that such harvesting or gathering will not be destructive to the environment and will sustain the growth and production of the wild crop. Please briefly describe any steps you take to protect and ensure the sustainability of your sugarbush. *
I rotate the trees I tap every year. We don't do logging or anything in the bush, we pretty much leave it a lone.
Do you use an organic de-foamer? *
yes
In rural areas, woods have unfortunately been used as dumping grounds for all manner of garbage, including toxic waste. These dumps can contaminate the sap, and your syrup, if too close to your sugarbush. Will you refrain from tapping any trees that stand within 50 feet of old dumps (or recent ones!) in or near your sugar bush? *
yes
Over-tapping trees can stunt their growth. Do you (or will you) adhere to the Cornell Sugar Maple Research & Extension Program guidelines, which state "trees 10-17 inches in diameter (31-53 inch circumference) should have no more than one tap. A tree 18-24 inches in diameter (57-75 inch circumference) should have no more than two taps. A tree larger than 25 inches in diameter (79-inch circumference) should have no more than three taps." *
yes
To maximize tree health and sap production, CNG supports Cornell's recommendation that all taps are 5/16" in diameter or smaller. Is this your practice, and if not, would you be willing to transition to 5/16" (or smaller) taps within the next three years? Please elaborate. *
This is the size.
Use this space if there's anything else you'd like to share about your maple operation. *
The bush was planted.

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. *
I after research over a few years order my seeds from west coast seeds and attend seed exchanges with other organic farming friends.
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
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
It differs from year to year, I normally get soil from a woman in one of my womans groups organic farms each year. I'll supply a list of what they tell me when I get the soil this year.
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? *
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. *
There's a 10 foot space between a grass field and the garden, about 300 yards from the nearest road and the other two sides are connected to the residential lawn but there is no use of pesticides or chemicals on the residential lawn or the property at all.

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 newer property for myself but the people allowing me to use their property have been living there for generations and know all about it, + the soil and it's always been chemical free as their family has always believed nature's the best medicine as well. There is another property up in Meaford area I also will be growing on, and I'd like to get that looked at as well for this certification, I've filled in the address in this application, and it's in a more residential location we'll be asking the neighbours this week if they use any sprays on their lawns or gardens as they are two older couples that live next door.