Produce Application

Pollinator Produce Partners

Owner: Becca + Joe Holmes + Gorman

Address:
2196 Bishoptown Rd
Duffield, VA 24244
Scott County

daytime phone: (276) 299-3777
evening phone: (703) 307-4011
Web site: http://pollinatorproducepartners.com

Application Date: 2018-04-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a small CSA farm in Duffield Virginia. We were both trained on a combination of organic and CNG farms and already adhere to all the CNG principles, and would like a reliable way to simply demonstrate our principles to our customers. The CNG label will help us to explain our practices easily.
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 have worked on many CNG farms as an apprentice, and many farmers I greatly respect are CNG.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
>1 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
20 acres
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
>1 acre
Fruit Crops:
>1 acre
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
19 acres
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:
We often sell at local festivals or other similar markets that are not farmers markets.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We have a Grillo 107 D walk behind tractor that we used to initially plow our fields and create permanent raised beds. Now that they have been created, we use a power harrow to incorporate cover crops and prep beds for planting. We try to keep tillage to a minimum at all times.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Vetch, Oats, Alfalfa, Clover, Winter Rye, Field Peas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We purchase complete compost from local municipalities - we have sourced from the city of Kingsport TN in the past and will also source from the city of Bristol VA in the future.
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". *
1-3 inches deep depending on soil fertility and compost availability
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We keep our chickens in chicken tractors and use their chicken tractors to clear areas of sod for new ornamental plant beds, or for field expansion where we will then use cover crops until the 120 day window has passed.
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". *
I am not sure how to measure the compost - the amount of manure produced by ten chickens over the course of a week in 20 square feet?
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Our chickens are constantly moved in their tractors.
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. *
Dolomitic Lime
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. *
We are still working on getting all sod out of our fields, as well as burdock and dock root. Morning glories are an issue in our vining plants. Our main methods of weed control are hand pulling, dense plantings to prevent weed encroachment, and using a string trimmer in our pathways between beds.
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. *
Japanese beetles, flea beetles, and harlequin bugs have been our main culprits in the garden. We have primarily dealt with this by hand picking beetles off the plants, using pheremone traps, and row covers to prevent the insects from making it to our crops. We have also applied neem oil in the past, though very occasionally, and we intend to try kaolin clay this season to see if it helps.
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 have struggled with blossom end rot on tomatoes and bacteria wilt on our cucumbers. We have chosen resistant varieties of cucumbers this season and are rotating our crops. We are growing our tomatoes under cover in a high tunnel and putting in a drip irrigation system to try to cut down on disease vectors.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Last season we were irrigated solely by rainwater, and used our hose hooked up to city water in times of extreme drought. We are building a drip irrigation system that will be hooked to a rainwater catchment system, that can be fed from municipal water in times of hardship.
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? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
Neighbor has a corn field - we are not certain what inputs he uses and he has been very reticent to discuss his practices with us, so we are not sure if there is a risk but we suspect that there is.
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 south it is several 50 yards to a gravel road used as a driveway, across from which is our neighbor's cow pasture, and beyond that is our neighbor's corn field, which is 400 yards from our field. To the west there is fallow field and our residential yard for 100 feet until you reach the gravel driveway. To the east is fallow grassland that is walking path and used as a general gathering space, and to the north is several hundred yards of woods separating us from our fallow upper field.

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 committed to using 100% open-pollinated seed on our farm. Beyond the produce that we grow for sale, we are also building rare plant collections and starting to build a sustainable forest management and forest farming plan for our wooded areas. We've implemented best practices to build habitat for box turtles by our spring and strive to encourage insect biodiversity and pollinator presence. We avoid broad spectrum insecticides whenever possible.