Produce Application

Nisani Farm

Owner: Ann Codrington

Address:
868 Poorhouse Road
Phenix, VA 23959
Charlotte County

daytime phone: (434) 542-4613
Web site: http://nisanifarm.com

Application Date: 2017-09-11

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am applying to be Certified Naturally Grown because I do not use chemical sprays or fertilizers and have as my goal to become Certified Organic. As a new farm, the NOP fees are not affordable. I would like to be recognized for my efforts to grow naturally and CNG is designed for small farm like mine.
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 met someone who sold produce to the same Co-Op that I sell to. He told me about CNG.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
Approximately 2 Acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
All
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
None
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.5 acres
Fruit Crops:
.5 acres
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Ginger, Turmeric, Ginger Flowers, Lemongrass, Plants
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:
Regional Festivals, Catalogue Sales

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We use a rototiller.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Occasionally; Alfalfa
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We compost our weeds and harvest by-products
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 wheelbarrow per 10 feet of bed
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Manure is our primary fertility source. We get it free from a farm that does not use herbicides. It is already composted when we receive it. We receive a load every 4 months.
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 inch deep on each bed, twice a year
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring and 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. *
We use lime in our ginger and turmeric production. We use composted pine bark as a source of organic matter.
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 actual weed problems are Chickweed, Mercury Weed, Henbit, Clover, Carpetweed, Johnson grass, and other. We rely primarily on black plastic mulches to solarize weeds, landscape fabric for transplanted crops and paths, and hand pulling. We always use landscape fabric in our paths, we solarize before each new planting when at all possible, and we hand pull every week.
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 actual insect problems are Japanese Beetles, Colorado Potato Beetles, Harlequin Beetles, Flea Beatles, tomato horn worms, tomato fruitworm, and cabbage moths. We use ProtekNet insect netting, diatomaceous earth, Neem, and Pyganic if all else fails. We use Proteknet to cover cabbage family, basil, Swiss chard, and beans during the summer. There is always a crop covered at any point in the season.
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 primary diseases are early and late blight in tomatoes, cercospora leaf spot on Swiss chard and beets, and anthracnose. We have not found a way to manage these diseases other than manually removing leaves or plants as soon as we see a problem.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use our well to irrigate our crops.
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") *
All of our crops are grown according to CNG methods.
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. *
We are surrounded by woods except for about 100 feet of land to the north that is in conventional agricultural use. This land is at least 100 yards from our growing area and there is a buffer of trees lining the area except for the easement where wires bring electricity to our farm. There are no paved roads near us and we own the fallow field between our growing area and conventional land where soybeans and corn are grown.

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:
We have not used chemicals on our farm since 2009 and prior to that time we only used a small amount of Roundup on poison ivy. This year was the first year that we have been able to produce our own pesticide free and chemical free seed garlic and potatoes. Otherwise we would have been able to apply earlier.