Produce Application

Bobbett's

Owner: Bobbett Jascor

Address:
106 Country Way
Liberty, KY 42539
Casey County

daytime phone: (606) 787-0926
evening phone: same
Web site: http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M19189

Application Date: 2007-06-19

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I don't want to go through organic certification with the bureaucratic government, but I'd like to have the 'Naturally Grown' certification to show that the food I produce is of higher quality and chemically free. I'm proud of the natural way I grow fruit and vegetables and want to be able to communicate that somehow through a 'label' .
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? *
Someone probably mentioned it to me years ago through the OrganicHomesteadingGardening List I'm currently a member of.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
4
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
12
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
I'm not growing it personally, but our next door neighbor leases our back 12 acres and grows JUST hay on that plot each year.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2.5
Fruit Crops:
1.5
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Possibly in the future I would like to sell propagated plants (like frush bushes, brambles, etc.)
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: *
I don't till.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
My own on farm grass clippings and plant material plus household food waste.
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 haven't use the compost yet; it's still breaking down.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local farms. Ie: next door neighbor for cow manure. Local friend/neighbor for horse manure. Neither piles of manure have been applied to my garden yet.
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". *
n/a yet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall, winter, early spring
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. *
Limestone from the local quarry applied last two years. Corn gluten meal from Gardens Alive (mail order)applied to strawberry beds this Spring. For growing seedlings I've used Neptune's Harvest Organic Fish Fertilizer. In the past I've also used bottled fish fertilizer, also Certified OMRI/Organic. I occasionally apply bagged (store bought) bonemeal or bloodmeal.
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. *
For weeds that are unwanted we have bind weed, lambs quarter, and some type of wild morning glory. For weeds we either pull or throw mulch over them to suffocate them. Our mulch consists of fresh on farm grass clippings or leaves, hay from our back field (given to us by neighbor) or straw bought locally.
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. *
Insect problems include flea beetles, bean beetles, japanese beetles, and sometimes squash beetles. To avoid the problem we usually apply Surround to the crops before they're affected. Surround is re-applied after heavy rains. We also pick the bugs off when that's a viable option and drown them in soapy water. In the past I've also used a few products from Gardens Alive: Pyola (on the potato plants; potatoes aren't raised as a market product) and Bulls-Eye (a bioinsecticide) on the brassicas (used as per label directions -- or less!) On our fruit trees we've applied All Seasons (Bonide brand) horticultural & dormant spray oil in the late winter/early spring.
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. *
I don't know what if any diseases we might have on our main crops. I rotate crops and/or pick off leaves of plants that don't look healthy. As for ONE peach tree that we don't plan to sell from, I have used Sulfur Guard Fungicide (by Gardens Alive)a few times in the past two years.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rain water from nature, or when needed, well water from our household's drinking water supply.
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

How do you select your seeds? CNG standards call for growers to make a good faith effort to locate organically grown seeds by contacting at least 3 major suppliers. *
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
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
If any transplants are not grown according to CNG standards, please list them here. (If they all are, put "N/A".) This produce may not be marketed as Certified Naturally Grown. *
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. *
Don't know if this is part of the above question, but the neighbor who leases our back 12 acres for hay applies a pelleted 10-10-10 fertilizer in the Spring. The starting edge of his field is anywhere from 10-40' from the edge of some of my planting areas. In between is grass. That's one side of our property. The other three sides are surrounded by forest and trees. East of us is our neighbor who just grazes cows on his fields. West of us, after going through some dense woods, there's another field used for hay. And south of us about 1/3 of mile (buffered by woods), are more fields (across the road) that are used for hay and cows.

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:
As far as I can tell and understand, I BELIEVE I qualify for certification. If anything I've used (or am using) from Gardens Alive precludes me of that, then I will cease their use immediately and apply for transitional certification. Our back 12 acres that are leased are slanted in such a way that I don't feel I receive run off from them, but a visual inspection from one of your Inspectors will let me know for sure.