Produce Application

Turtle Pace Farm

Owner: Doris Gebel

Address:
17431 Killmontown Road
Melfa, VA 23410
Accomack County

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 626
Melfa, VA 23410

daytime phone: (757) 787-7226
Web site: http://www.turtlepacefarm.com

Application Date: 2018-04-23

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are committed to growing produce, flowers and herbs without chemicals, pesticides or GMO seed to create a healthy food for our family, friends and community.
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? *
We heard about CNG from a certified farmer, Stewart Lundy.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
20
Number of above acreage that you own: *
20
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
6
Fruit Crops:
.10
Hay:
5
Grains/Beans:
5
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
20
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
We plan to install a greenhouse this year.
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Plow and Disc
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
rye, buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased complete, local wood chips from 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 inch per row
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
liquid fish emulsion and seaweed-Living Acres, applied when planted; organic gypsum-USA gypsum, organic fertilizer sulfer, zinc and boron-blended by Fertrell based on soil samples applied when planted,vermiculite-Beaver Falls, PA, OG mycorrhizae -Bay Hydro, powdered seaweed -Omri Maxi crop applied when planted
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
yes
If yes, as per the Certification regulations, it is acceptable to apply chelated chemical fertilizers to correct specifical micronutrient imbalances as listed on a recent soil test. Does the application of this fertilizer meet those requirements? *
yes
If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates: *
On the new field-we purchased in July 2017 from a farmer who grew commercial corn and soy until 2016. He planted a rye cover crop in Fall of 2016 and combined it in spring of 2017. No chemicals were applied since spring of 2016. We are growing potatoes and will have a fall crop of barley in that field. All other market vegetables, herbs and flowers will be grown in the fields that have been fallow since at far back as 1990 since 1990 (or earlier).
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: *
No chemicals on the new field for the past 24 months. Prior to that chicken manure and round-up as far as we know. All other fields have been chemical free of pesticides and herbicides since 1990.
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. *
grasses, henbit will use mechanical and hand cultivation, straw mulch and Bio360 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. *
potato beetle,-removal by hand, Pyrethrum, horticultural molasses if necessary; squash bugs-neem oil, if necessary,; cabbaage looper-bt if necessary
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. *
potential for bacterial wilt-tho not in evidence now. would neem oil
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
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? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Jay Martin, Provident Farm
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Provident is a know organic grower
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). *
none
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.) *
it is possible, but traditional wind currents blow to the east away from our crops from a conventional farm field using no til practice using chicken manure , others sources unknown
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. *
Most fields have adequate barrier, potatoes are 1,000 feet from road and one conventional farm with soy/corn rotation, 100 feet from another, vegetables are 500 feet from same, garden with berries and flowers are 1200 feet, orchard is 1500 feet

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're committed to developing our farm using organic practices, without chemicals.