Produce & Flowers

Jones Family Greens

Owner: Karlo Bobinac

Eden Mills, ON

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Application Date: 2022-04-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
At Jones Family Greens we believe that growing healthy nutritious produce should be done hand in hand with respecting nature and looking to work with our ecosystems rather than making the ecosystem and land work for us. By joining the CNG program we know that out customers will be able to see that we are being held accountable for how we grow our produce, and will know that we are true to our word.
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? *
We follow the work your organization does through social media
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? *
Matt Jones, the farm owner, has been growing and selling produce for seven years . He has worked with other organic growers and has been operating his own farm ventures his entire farming career. He has grown on certified organic land and knows the required standards and guidelines to meet organic certification. In 2020 Jones Family Greens purchased its own land and had its first growing season in 2021. It was in 2021 that Matt also hired Karlo Bobinac, a recent graduate of the Sustainable Agriculture program at Fleming College. Together they have been growing produce with sustainability in mind, and adhering to all organic standards whenever possible. This includes avoiding the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and promoting environmentally friendly cultural practices.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
Approximately 1.0 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
All 1.0 acres
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:
Flowers 0.05 acres
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *

Please Specify Any Other Items:
Maple Syrup
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:
May add restaurants and a CSA within the next year

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We are currently in our second year of production on new lands. We perform primary tillage on unbroken lands (grass fields) using a rotary plough on a two-wheel BSC. Otherwise, we grow the remainder of our crops with little (broadforking and occasional shallow power harrow on BCS) to no tillage throughout the season.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Yes – we are looking to experiment and expand with more cover crop this year in order to strengthen our current practices of using a mix of oats, peas, and tillage radish.
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Yes – we use certified organic turkey litter compost from a local source in Ontario. The composts is composed of a blend of turkey manure plus the softwood shavings and straw used as bedding in turkey barns, prior to composting the producer adds up to a maximum of 25% Spent Mushroom Substrate (SMS). This SMS material is a by-product sourced from organic mushroom farms.
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". *
About 1-2'' deep in beds and newly broken grounds
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. *
We occasionally use certified organic alfalfa meal (Green Life Acres Ltd.) and Selectus 1 Organic 4-2-5 fertilizer before planting a new succession of crop such as a new lettuce planting. This is not something we practice every planting but only if we notice that the previous crop growth has been stunted or is especially slow. Nitrogen deficient kale plants were also top dressed with feather meal (Plant Products Inc) last season.
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. *
We have a large range of weed pressures as we are situated in an area enclosed by woodlands. The primary weeds that cause issues for us are twitch grass, dandelions, garlic mustard, and other native species. We weed our beds by hand or with a shallow hand operated wheel-hoe, at the start of every week in order to maintain clean beds and not allow any mature weeds to go to seed. The areas surrounding the fields are mowed regularly and any weeds that we observe going to seed are pulled/mowed. Given our seclusion from neighbouring open fields, our goal is to stay on top of weeds and never allow the overburdening weed pressure that can rapidly develop.
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. *
Some of the primary insect challenges we face are the following: squash bug, hornworms, cabbage worms, cucumber beetle, flea beetle and Japanese beetles. We focus on using cultural and mechanical practices and do not spray or use any products to deal with pest pressures. We use netting to protect crop in early stages, focus on having a high biodiversity in the garden as well as surrounding wooded areas, we plant flowers in areas around the growing areas to provide habitat for beneficials, we practice succession planting and crop rotation, and we regularly walk the fields and scout for pests and remove any by hand when possible. Under these current cultural and mechanical practices, we have not succumbed to any major pest pressure to date.
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. *
Some of the common disease challenges we face are: powdery mildew, late blight, and downey mildew. Again we focus on cultural and mechanical practice in order to deal with disease pressure and do not use any products to address these issues. This includes things such as: removing and disposing of diseased crop, planting crop with proper spacing to ensure good air circulation, minimize overhead watering to reduce chances of foliar diseases, avoid under/over watering, choosing varieties that are disease resistant and again we regularly walk the fields and scout for any disease.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use a well/pump located on the property to draw water from a local aquifer.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
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. *
Our production to date has been very small, more on the learning side. We have only tapped large trees close to where we are boiling the sap. As we increase production in future years, we will tap an increasing number of trees but will continue to put in fewer taps than the maximum recommended, and we are always careful to not put a tap near a previous tap nor tap any unhealthy trees and we use a sharp drillbit that is only used for tapping trees.
Do you use an organic de-foamer? *
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? *
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." *
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. *
We use 5/16" taps
Use this space if there's anything else you'd like to share about your maple operation. *
We actually do not use a defoamer and skim the foam by hand given our small scale production. We have clicked yes in order to make the software continue through the application.

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. *
We select organic seed varieties that we know work well in our area and discuss varieties with other local organic farmers. We strive to buy only organic seeds and will even consider new varieties if the variety we desire does not have an organic source.
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? *
We purchase organic potting mix and amend it with organic products to create a nutrient rich potting mix and avoid the need to feed seedlings prior to planting in the fields.
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Pro-mix Mycorrhizae Organik potting mix Green Life Acres Ltd. Organic Alfalfa meal Plant Products Inc Blood meal Plant Products Inc Feather meal Plant Products Inc Bone meal We mix the 3.8 cu. Ft. bale of potting mix along one 15 kg bag of certified organic Delicious Dirt goat manure, one 30 L bag of certified organic Delicious Dirt 3-way mix, and an approximately 0.5 litre scoop of the alpha meal, bone meal and the blood or feather meal to create a nutrient rich potting substrate which we use for our seedlings.
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? *
Please describe the sources of your transplants. *
we occasionally purchase transplants from other local organic growers in our areas
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
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). *
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. *
North of our growing area we own at least 100 yards of lands, that are separated by woodlands, from the closest municipal road. To the east there is at least 40 yards to our neighbour and this is also separated by a mature tree line along the entire eastern border. To the south we have approximate 16 yards to our neighbours property line, and their property is entirely wooded and naturalized. To the west we have at least 40 yards to our property line which is adjacent to a protect woodland that will remain in a land trust permanently.


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:
We strive to grow the most nutrient dense, flavourful food possible using sound ecological practices all while sequestering carbon. Any feedback in out methods that helps us on this journey would be most welcome.