Downtown GreensOwner: Jennifer Gron
206 Charles Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Fredericksburg city County
daytime phone: (540) 371-7315
Web site: http://downtowngreens.org
Application Date: 2017-03-18
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We are dedicated to environmental stewardship and growing good food without the use of synthetic chemicals. Participating in the Certified Naturally Grown program demonstrates our commitment and opens additional markets for our produce.
- 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? *
- The Fredericksburg Area CSA Project
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- 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:
- 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: *
- We do not used mechanized tilling. Cover crops are cut and turned over manually, with a shovel and hoe.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Winter peas, crimson clover, vetch
- Do you use Compost? *
- 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". *
- We plan to use about 5 wheelbarrow loads for the vegetable patch, approximately 1000 square feet
- 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 have not used any so far, but would possibly use lime in the future if soil test indicate the need.
- 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. *
- Primary weeds include wire grass, hen bit, chickweed, and dead nettles. Weeds are controlled by manual removal during the growing season and the use of cover crops for areas not in production.
- 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. *
- Based on information from the former grower at this site, we expect to see harlequin beetles, stink bugs, and flea beetles. We do not plan to use chemicals to control these insects, but are including beneficial attractants in our plantings and will rotate crops.
- 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. *
- Diseases will be mostly controlled through crop rotation. We are aware that white rot is in some areas of the soil and will not be planting garlic in that area.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Irrigation water is supplied by the City of Fredericksburg, as municipal drinking water. The water will pass through an in-line filter prior to being applied.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- 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 any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- We provided certified organic seed to a local high school horticulture class for starting this year. The teacher was made aware of the CNG requirements and has agreed to produce the transplants in accordance with them.
- 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). *
- None at this time
- 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. *
- There are no neighboring agricultural lands. We are located in a residential area with vegetation from 30-300 feet separating produce production areas from roads and adjacent parking lots. The neighboring properties are residential. There is a grass buffer with chainlink fence adjacent to the townhouse (no smaller than 14 ft at any point) and a much more substantial buffer to the nearest roadway. The adjacent owners are aware of the no spray garden status and stop application before the fence adjacent to the vegetable garden.
- 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: