Produce Application

Heart & Bones Hollow

Owner: Karen Mann

Address:
398 Rockfish Run Rd
Scottsville, VA 24590
Fluvanna County

daytime phone: (404) 788-9114
evening phone: (434) 286-4336
Web site: http://heartandboneshollow.wordpress.com

Application Date: 2017-05-18

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a small, beginning farm trying to produce high quality fruits, vegetables and meats as sustainably as possible. We want to become ceritied to demonstrate to our customers and potential customers our commitment to using the best practices in sustainable agriculture.
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? *
Through other farmers in the Certified Naturally Grown program

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: *
.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:
.5
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
24.5
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). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We use double digging or rototilling to initially establish the permanent raised beds. After establishment, beds are either broadforked or lightly tilled between crops.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
sudan grass, clovers, vetch, oats and rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm compost, purchased 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". *
1-2 inches top dressed on beds
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
produced from rabbits, chickens, goats and pigs 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". *
only applied after being thoroughly composted, then top dressed 1-2 inches deep
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. *
lime,* gypsum, fish emulsion, Mcgeary Organics 5-3-4 (Soybean meal, blood meal, compost,colloidal phosphate, bone meal, langbeinite, gypsum), borax. *I spread hydrated lime in 2017, no realizing that this was synthetic. I will switch to non-synthetic lime in the future.
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. *
Our primary weeds are henbit, pigweed, blackberry, deadly nightshade, curly dock, lambs quarters, and nutsedge. We control through hoeing, flame weeding, stale seed bedding, intensive spacing and heavy mulching.
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. *
Our primary insect pests are flea bettles, cucumber beetles, squash bugs, squash vine borers, cabbage worms, japanese beetles, and hornworms. We control through a variety of approaches. We leave habitat to encourage predators such as spiders, lady bugs, birds, etc. including stones and other hiding places throughout the gardens, and unmowed areas that provide cover and feeding for birds. We rotate crops, interplant with companion plants to deter pests and/or attract predators, especially herbs and flowers. We use row cover and insect netting on especially vulnerable crops. We monitor daily for insect pressure. We do use diatomaceous earth (before flowering of crops) when insect pressure has become too high. We also use bacillus thuringiensis on crops when damage from cabbage worms or horworms becomes problematic.
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. *
We primarily see early and late blight in solonaceae crops as well as verticulum wilt. We are working on a crop rotation plan to keep plants out of infected soils. We also use disease resistant varities where appropriate and plan to experiment with tomato grafting onto diease resistant rootstock in the future.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use both water from our deep well and captured rainwater.
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 - For potting mix, I have used a variety of things, but the most recent on 2017 was pro mix mychorizzae mixed with Mcgeary Organic Compost. I see now the pro mix has a wetting agent. We will switch back to mcenroe organic potting mix, which I used last year, mixed with mcenroe organic compost.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
some herbs, perennials, and flowers are bought from local producers
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
no
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). *
asparagus, marigolds, strawberries, lovage, apple tree, blueberry bushes (either not harvested for sale at market or will be at least 12 months according to standards before harvest)
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. *
Our field is isolated by wooded areas on all sides. Our closest neighbor only has horses and does not spray anything on her fields.

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: