Produce & Flowers

Earthmother Farm

Owner: Gurudayal Khalsa

Address:
498449 6th Concession N
Annan, ON N0H1B0
County

daytime phone: (604) 399-8109
Web site: http://https://earthmotherfarm.ca

Application Date: 2022-07-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I want some certification but cannot justify certified organic fee
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? *
Online
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? *
2 years apprenticing, I just started my market garden 1/4 acre and have an existing fruit and herb orchard. Caring for the earth, understanding of soil and plant health, good work ethic.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/8
Fruit Crops:
7/8
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
BCS walking tractor /rotary plow if necessary. Preferably no-till, permanent raised beds with all natural materials
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, white clover, phacelia, sudangrass, sunflowers, winter rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchase complete, on farm
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". *
1-4" deep on our clay soil
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local organic beef farm, egg farm
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" or less
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring
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. *
Wood Ash, alfalfa meal, kelp meal, gaia organic 444 (mix if rock, bonemeal, bloodmeal, plant meals), liquid fish emulsion, compost teas
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. *
Twitch, crab, bermuda or other perennial grasses. Very long to destroy by tarping. Rhizobial roots are very deep, thick, must be dug up and set aside. Simple stirrup hoe and hand-weeding for those and other weeds including thistle, goldenrod, dandelion, bed straw. Strick no-spray no glyphosate no herbicide policy
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. *
This is my first season and flea beatles ate many holes in greens. I have lightweight row cover for next time which I may start in the fall with. Need to learn more about the insect hatching and cycles. Considering purchasing beneficial nematodes to import. Have hedgerows and try to always have flowers throughout the summer for beneficial and predatory insects.
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. *
Yellowing leaves: quick nitrogen. Discoloured leaves due to over-applied compost tea; pick off bottom leaves and apply less liquid fertilizer.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private pond / gas pump
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. *
Difficult to find affordable organic cover crop seed locally. I prefer open pollinated, sometimes difficult to find. I use organic seeds when it is available.
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? *
Yes, 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. *
Peat moss, coir, perlite, compost Pro-Mix organic vegetable soil & peat & perlite
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. *
NA
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. *
On all sides we are at least 2km away from large monocroppers. A blessing

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:
Thank you