Produce Application

Purple Cloud Farms, LLC

Owner: Sharon and Danny Boles

Address:
3533 Thrush Road
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Montgomery County

Mailing Address:
200 Baldwin Lane
Christiansburg, VA 24073

daytime phone: (540) 353-1780

Application Date: 2018-03-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Would like a better label besides stating we are "biologically grown and chemical-free."
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? *
Various market garden websites and Facebook pages, internet.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
11
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
9
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
We have 2 acres that have not been treated in 36 months or more - on that land, we will be growing garlic, beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, salsify, eggplant, fingerling potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatillos, and tomatoes in 2018. That will be marketed as CNG. We have an additional 9 acres that were treated with herbicide in spring 2017 to kill poison ivy. On part of that land in 2018 we will be growing melons (sugar baby, galia, and white wonder) and lavender. We will NOT market these crops as CNG.
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:
Facebook page

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Tractor, walk-behind tractor, tiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Winter rye, mustard, buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm and purchased complete
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
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local 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". *
1-2 inches deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring, applied as ground is worked up
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 (dolomitic or HiCal ag lime) and Harmony 5-4-3 Organic Fertilizer; applied a few times during growing season. For potting mix: Last year we used the organic stuff made with coconut husks, but I think this year we will use regular organic potting mix/soil, with no additives like fertilizer.
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? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
In Spring 2017, on the 9 acres currently used only for hay, we had Southern States spray an herbicide to kill wide-spread poison ivy. On part of that land in 2018 we will be growing melons (sugar baby, galia, and white wonder) and lavender. We will NOT market these crops as CNG.
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
yes
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. *
Grass and weeds grow between rows. We hand pull, use hoes and tiller, and black plastic mulch.
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. *
Flea beetles, green worms, and some kind of stink bugs. We use Neem Oil and pyrethrin spray as directed.
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. *
Fungus and blossom end rot. We use copper fungicide and lime as directed.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well.
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? *
www.plugtrays.com (Mountain Valley Growers)
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Stated on website
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 is a private road on the north side of the property, used for two residences past us. Also to the north is a field with 4 horses and a few cattle, but they are at least 50-75 feet from our fields. To the east and west are residential lawns, both more than 100 feet from our fields. To the south is the back side of a residential lot not used for anything.

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 are applying for CNG certification for two acres right now, but will gradually include the other 9 acres as we expand the fields we plant and as the 36-month transition period expires. In order to make it clear to customers which items are CNG, we are preparing a list of veggies grown, with prices, and could clearly label them as CNG. We would have a separate list for non-CNG items (those grown on the 9 acres treated for poison ivy in spring 2017) to make it clear, and if we go to farmer's markets, we could set up a different table/section with non-CNG items.