Produce Application

Perennial Roots Farm

Owner: Stewart Lundy

Address:
23345 Decormis Street, #538
Accomac, VA 23301
Accomack County

Mailing Address:
PO Box 538
Accomac, VA 23301

daytime phone: (757) 709-8761
evening phone: (757) 709-8761
Web site: http://www.perennialroots.com

Application Date: 2017-02-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Because we already grow in organically-minded ways but don't want the hassle of a centralized certification like Organic. We want to be able to give our customers even more confidence in our product.
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? *
Word of mouth

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
6
Number of above acreage that you own: *
6
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 acre
Fruit Crops:
5+ acres
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
50 acres total = 29 acres pasture, 15 acres wooded, 5 acres orchard, 1 acre market garden
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: *
No-till + Yeomans Pasture Plow for orchard and pasture. Non-inverting power harrow for vegetable beds, cover cropping, mulching and composting, plus biodynamic sprays and compost teas.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Peas, Beans, Rye, Vetch, Oats, Ryegrass, Daikon radish, Red and White Clover, Lespedeza, and more. As much diversity as possible.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On-farm materials: leaves, cover crop tops, liquid manures from our animals, clay, and biodynamic preparations.
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". *
weekly compost tea behind livestock rotation, 1-2 tons per acre per year market garden
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
organic homesteader owns a dairy cow and we use some as ingredient for specialty batch compost.
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". *
no raw manure ever used. 1 Cup of ripe compost as a
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
1 Cup compost tea per acre, once a week at most
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. *
BrixBlend Basalt, GeoBond Diatomaceous Montmorillonite, SEA-90, Azomite. Basalt is mixed into our Barrel Compound. Sesequehanna rock dust (can provide mineral content printout), and very little else at all. Ingredients are OMRI approved. Rock is used under fruit trees once per season. Clay is allowed as a free-feed option for livestock. Clay is mixed into a "tree paste" for tree health.
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. *
Hand weeding. Mulching. Hoeing. No herbicides. No sprays.
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. By hand. No products used.
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. *
our biggest disease problem is fungus. we use fermented equisetum arvense to combat this problem. we have a very humid area and the high silicon content (80,000ppm) of equisetum arvense seriously helps combat this issue.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We rely almost entirely on rain, but we have a deep 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? *
no
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") *
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? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
we two adjacent no-till farms that do spray from time to time
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. *
our buffer is about 30-100ft depending on what direction and we keep our animals in the pasture inside that. we are separated to the south east by a gravel road and a 50ft+ buffer zone that we are letting regrow into woodland as a solid block against drift. to the south west, across a two-lane road is another field and we are allowing a similar buffer to grow there. many pine trees as wildlife habitat and to block spray. we worked with QMAP (Quail Management Assistance Program) to sort out some of our buffer ideas.

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: