Produce Application

Blumen Fields Flower Farm

Owner: Nadine Charlton

Address:
759 Enderby Mabel Lake Road
Enderby, BC V0E1V4
County

Web site: http://www.blumenfields.ca

Application Date: 2017-07-25

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
My ideals align with the Certified Naturally Grown program. Growing in harmony with nature has always been my method but this will be my first year growing commercially and at this point I simply cannot even consider the costs associated to be certified by an Organic certification body. I am thrilled that there is a possibility to still show my customers that I am serious about a certification.
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? *
I read about it a couple of years ago in a magazine and have been following since knowing that one day we would have a piece of property and that I would be interested in becoming certified.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.5 (although we own 54, starting small)
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0.5 (although we own 54, starting small)
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 acre
Fruit Crops:
.25 acre
Hay:
6 acres
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
0.5 acre flowers
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:
Florists

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We have been braking old hay land so this year we have had to use a tractor and a cultivator. In future years, I intend on using a no-till method.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Clover, Green Peas, Fall Rye will be planted in a couple months
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". *
Have not used yet
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On farm - previous owners of property had horses and we are using the existing piles of composted horse manure. There was fresh manure that we have started the compost process with. In future, we will be using the manure that is produced on farm from our chickens, pigs and alpacas.
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". *
Have not applied yet.
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. *
None this year
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. *
In the fields that have just been plowed up from the hay land there are high numbers of dandelions roots and quack grass rhizomes that are sprouting. We are pulling these weeds by hand and/or using a D-hoe to cut them off at the soil surface and slowly deplete the energy of the roots. Once the flower beds for cutting are planted, I will be installing landscape fabric over each raised bed and pathway to reduce weed pressure.
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. *
Specific insect challenges have not been determined yet, but I am certainly anticipating aphids, mites, slugs and earwigs in the cutting flower garden. I intend on controlling these insects primarily by supporting the flowers to be as healthy as they can be so that they can defend themselves against insects (this will be achieved by managing soil ph and nutrients, I also intend on using homemade foliage sprays made from compost tea). Any insects that start to cause damage will be managed using IPM practices.
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. *
Specific diseases have not been identified yet but I am with the cut flower garden I am anticipating some dampening off of seedlings, black spot on the roses and powdery mildew. I will hopefully be pre-managing these by ensuring that leaves are never wet. I intend on only watering first thing in the morning using drip irrigation. I will also be pruning to ensure that there is ample air-flow through the plants.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
I have water rights from Brash Creek that flows through my property.
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? *
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. *
To the east - approx. 600' of land separates my field from the neighbouring land which is a wooded area that is used for grazing cows To the south - approx. 200' of hay field separates my field from the road To the west - approx. 100' of hay field separates my field from the neighbouring residential property. The neighbour has a vegetable garden, raspberries and chickens all for personal use. To the north - approx. 40 acres separates my field from the neighbouring property.

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 have only owned my property since May 15, 2017 and am still working to plant my fields. The land was overgrown hay field that I have been told (from the neighbours) has not been planted, plowed or used for at least the last seven years.