Produce Application

ShireFolk Farm

Owner: Emilie Tweardy

Address:
10099 W River Rd
Palmyra, VA 22963-5412
County

daytime phone: (503) 577-7618
evening phone: (859) 221-8069
Web site: http://www.shirefolkfarm.com

Application Date: 2019-04-25

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We want to participate in a system that puts certification and the power of labeling back into the hands of the growers and farmers.
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? *
Other CNG participants.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1 acre or maybe a tiny bit more
Number of above acreage that you own: *
64
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/2 acre
Fruit Crops:
1/2 acre
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
~30 acres woods, ~30 acres pasture
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). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
BCS Walk Behind Tractor. Broadfork and other cultivation hand tools.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, winter rye, peas, oats, clover, vetch
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Locally purchased from an organic purveyor. We compost on-farm as well, and sometimes make compost tea
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". *
Usually 1" deep or less
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
from our own livestock only. Poultry, swine, goat, sheep, cattle. We always compost first and do not use it until the following season
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 cubic yard for 1,000 square feet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
varies - usually when we are prepping garden beds. So most often Spring, but not as a rule
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. *
Azomite, used annually. Fish emulsion, used monthly or less on garden beds. Used weekly on seedlings in the greenhouse Compost tea made here, used once or twice a season
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: *
Hi-yield calcium Nitrate, July 2018
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 use multi-year lifespan landscaping fabric between rows and around borders in some areas. Sometimes we use straw. We try to hoe, moe, mulch, etc. as much as possible. We flame weed carrots and beets. We have insane weed pressure. A lot of the time the weeds get the better of us. It's a constant battle and we're still learning. We're trying to use compost teas at the beginning of the season that are fungal-dominant so we can move away from a bacterially dominated soil and make it less inviting for early succession annual weeds.
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 and harlequin beetles are our main problems. We use row cover on hoops to exclude these bugs as long as possible. We try to remove overrun crops before the populations can get totally out of control. We have used pyrethrin in the past on flea beetles, 1/week once we begin to see them, but we're trying to just stick to row cover this year. Japanese beetles are difficult, too. For them, we try to use hormone traps that drop the bugs into our pond. It works sometimes.
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. *
Blight of both kinds is an issue. We use horsetail herb tea as a foliar spray. We grow our tomatoes on a rotation in the high tunnel to keep the leaves dry and are vigilant about pruning the bottom leaves. We sometimes get cercospora leaf spot on our chard, but it's never been a big 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 a well that is tested annually for pathogens, heavy metals and other toxins and bacteria.
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? *
We have purchased from Banner Greenhouses before, and we have bought transplants from a place called Strange's Greenhouse in Richmond, VA. I will look into their practices and stop using them if they're noncompliant.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
no
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 this year. I've only used them in the past.
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.) *
There is a GMO corn and soy operation across the street. It is 200' from our nearest field at it's closest point. I don't know what all they spray except for, of course, RoundUp.
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 North, it is a timber tract for at least a mile. To the East it is 440' to a hayfield and cattle operation. To the West it is 750' to a neighboring yard. To the South it is 130' to the road, and 200' to the corn and soy operation across the road. We are currently working with the NRCS to plant a windbreak evergreen buffer on our road frontage, which would do double duty as a buffer from the chemicals across the road.

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. *
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