Produce Application

Honey Brook Farms

Owner: The Wilkes Team

Address:
19030 Bel Pre Road
Brandy Station, VA 22714
Culpeper County

daytime phone: (540) 825-8375
Web site: http://www.HoneyBrookFarms.com

Application Date: 2014-07-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
As we have come to understand how nutritionally deficient, chemically full, & genetically modified most meats, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and honey are, we have come to realize the harm this could cause to not only our health but that also of our own community. Our desire is a high standard of quality. We feel that CNG will help with that and give our customers an added assurance of quality while being linked with other farmers doing the same.
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? *
VABF

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
3
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: *
?
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
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". *
10 wheel barrow loads per 3000 sq ft
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. *
n/a
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. *
johnson grass, quack grass, etc. We manage them with black plastic, tilling, hoeing, & pulling
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. *
squash bugs - manage w/ D.E., row covers, & pick & squish. Peach borer - manage by pick & squish and Surround. Coddling moth - will manage with phermone traps & horticultural oil in early season. Curculio - manage with Surround. Potatoe bugs - pick & squish
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. *
Blossom rot on tomatoes - build up calcium through building up soil fertility, Cedar Apple Rust - would use copper spray though haven't yet as orchard is young.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
water well
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

Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
yes
If yes, please list types: *
We use Baker Creek Seeds, Seed Savers Seeds, and some seeds from Johnnys Seed company. So while I know the first two are chemical free, I'm not sure about Johnnys Seed company
Please note reason for purchasing treated seed: *
Does Johnnys Seed Company sell treated seed?
I understand that the use of chemically treated seeds is not allowed under organic and Certified Naturally Grown guidelines. I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe produce grown from treated seeds are Certified Naturally Grown. *
Do you grow your own transplants? *
yes
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
Use a mixture of vermiculite & peat moss.....do these substances have to be certified organic?
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. *
Vegetable gardens are in the center of our 90 acres (large rectangle property). Orchard is in an area where any possible herbicides being applied by farm across the road should not affect orchard.

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:
I installed a greenhouse this past spring that has treated wood at the base. Would I need to replace this wood to be CNG? Thank you -