Produce Application

Fields Edge Farm

Owner: Kat Johnson

Address:
1834 Rush Fork Rd SW
Floyd, VA 24091
Va County

daytime phone: (540) 789-2347
evening phone: (540) 789-2347
Web site: http://www.fieldsedgefarms.com

Application Date: 2019-02-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I think it will add value to our product, and I am not prepared to pay for USDA organic certification at this time.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
yes
If yes, please note which certification and agency: *
HGAP
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Patchwork Farm!

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
5
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
100
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We are currently using tillage, hoping to move towards minimal tillage in years to come. Chisel Plow, Rotary Tiller.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Many diverse cocktails depending on the season and use, mustard, sorghum sudan, sunnhemp, rye, clovers, oats, pearl millet, cowpea, vetch, barley.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Panorama Paydirt (for finished omri stuff) Locally Made Cow Manure compost (for new fields that wont be used for `120 days)
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". *
2 tons per acre target rate
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
As an ingredient in the composts we apply
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". *
see compost application rate
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
on a fall cover crop, or in the winter
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 as recommended on soil testing feathermeal- as needed per crop needs Harmony - for target N rate of 100# / acre on some crops Inocucor - pre-plant soil innoculant Fish Bone Meal- 250#/A for garlic crop All amendments are purchased from Seven Springs Farm Supply, Floyd VA
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? *
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. *
We primarily use a Farmall cub with cultivator set up to control weeds, then long handle tools, then hand tools and hand work when all else fails. We also employ biodegradeable plastic when it is advantageous, that gets removed at the end of the season. Biodegradable mulch: Made of Mater-Bi, a starch based material. Novamont produces Mater-Bi with renewable resources such as starches from different non-GMO crops: corn & other cereals, potatoes, & vegetable oils. Mater-Bi complies with international biodegradation and environmental standards such as EN 13432 by Vinçotte and ASTM D6400 by BPI, which guarantee complete biodegradation in soil without any toxic residues.
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. *
We manage insects in a variety of ways. Usually exclusion is our best measure--- use of row cover as insect netting is primary use to get plants big and healthy and develop root systems before uncovering so they are strong against the onslaught of pests. Deliver BT will be sprayed to control Cabbage worms, diatomacious earth or 'surround' for hard bodied insects, Neem oil to deter cuke beetles from laying eggs on cukes, and Pyganic as a last resort for pest control.
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. *
Soil health is our best method for fighting disease. However, we may need to use serenade to control fungus or copper spray. Airflow and pruning are other measures taken.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private wells. Tested annually according to HGAp certification
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. *
Farm is located in a 500 acre valley all owned by family.

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:
New to this but think it will be a great addition and new way to communicate our growing system and values.