Produce Application

Flora Bay Farm

Owner: Courtney Smith

Address:
350 Bay Road
Carbondale, IL 62903
Jackson County

daytime phone: (618) 559-9484
evening phone: (618) 559-9484
Web site: http://www.florabayfarm.com/

Application Date: 2017-02-23

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I would like to have my farm certified to help consumers better understand the growing practices I use on farm.
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? *
Growing for Market publication.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.75
Fruit Crops:
.25
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
.25
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Hops
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:
Brewery

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Minimal - high tunnel is no till (raised beds). Perennial flower beds, herbs beds and hop yard are no till. A small tractor rototiller is used to create new beds to break of the sod/fescue grass.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, crimson clover, tillage radish, daikon, winter wheat, Austrian winter peas, phacelia
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm and locally purchased from New Earth 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". *
2" in spring, 2" in fall
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Friend's horse 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". *
2 wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall
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. *
Green sand (2 cups per 100 square feet - spring), soft rock phosphate (1/2 cup per 100 square feet - spring), lime (1/2 cup per 100 square feet - spring/new beds only), Dr. Earth Acid Lovers (for blueberry bushes - 1 cup per plant/spring & fall - Ingredients: Cottonseed meal, fish bone meal, alfalfa meal, feather meal, mined potassium sulfate, kelp meal and seaweed extract), Dr. Earth Fruit Tree (for hops and fruit trees - 2 cups per tree spring/fall, 8 cups per 50 row feet for hops spring - Ingredients: Feather meal, fish bone meal, cottonseed meal, kelp meal, alfalfa meal, soft rock phosphate, mined potassium sulfate and seaweed extract.), Down to Earth Liquid All Purpose 4/1/3 (for vegetables, flowers, herbs & cover crops - 2/4 T per gallon, sprayed on 6 week intervals, spring thru fall - Ingredients: Fish Solubles, Kelp Extract, Potassium sulfate and Citric Acid (for pH stabilization), Fox Farm Grow Big 6-4-4 (for vegetables, flowers, herbs - 2 tsp per gallon, sprayed on 4-6 week intervals, spring thru fall - Ingredients: Earth worm castings, kelp, trace minerals), Fox Farm Big Bloom 0-0.5-0.7 (for cut flowers - 2 tsp per gallon when flowers start to bloom - Ingredients: earthworm castings, bat guano,Norwegian kelp, rock phosphate.)
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. *
All weeds present in beds are pulled by hand. New beds are initially roto tilled to kill fescue grass. Deep mulching/sheet mulching are used to smoother weed seeds/plants. Scything and mowing are used to keep weeds from seeding. Farm weeds include: goldenrod, johnson grass, fescue, chickweed, quack grass, honeysuckle, winter creeper and pigweed.
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. *
Pests include aphids (water spray from a hose used), flea beetles (floating row covers and farm made catnip spray used), cabbage worms (hand picking and floating row covers), tomato horn worms (hand picking), Japanese beetles (trap crops used), cucumber beetles (trap crops used) Beneficial insects are encouraged by companion planting and native habitat plantings.
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. *
Downy mildew is managed by water management (drip irrigation), plant variety selection and allowing sufficient air movement around plants (picking leaves from hop bines to allow good air flow). Tomato blight is managed by crop rotations and mulching.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rain catchment - rain barrels and in ground cistern. The in ground cistern is equipped with carbon and UV light filtration system. Deep well is currently under construction and will be tested by the local health department yearly.
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Mountain Valley Growers - https://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/ Territoral Seeds - http://www.territorialseed.com/ The Natural Gardening Company - http://www.naturalgardening.com/
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes
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). *
N/A
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 are no other farms surrounding my farm. We are in an semi-urban environment. On the west side of our property, there is a field that used to have 2 horses, which is now fallow and mostly weeds and wildflowers. On the east side, a wooded property with a house. To the north and south, wooded areas. Fence rows with trees and bushes run east and west sides of property. I am continually planting trees, bushes and wild flowers into the fencerow. I also have good sized brush piles along the fencerow for habitat.

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:
The total acreage I own is 6 acres - about 3 open and 3 wooded, with a small house. The land used in production is diverse and leaning toward permaculture: orchard and fruit tree guilds interplanted with beneficial plants, a couple of small frog ponds surrounded by native plants, diverse flower & herb beds and the use of hugelkultur techniques. The high tunnel is 30'x 60' and utilizes raised beds. I consider my farm to be a micro-farm: tiny but mighty!