Produce & Flowers

Plentiful Farm

Owner: Thomas Miller

Address:
14801 Jones Powell Road
620 Charlotte Street
Spotsylvania, VA 22551
Spotsylvania County

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 1052
Fredericksburg, VA 22402

daytime phone: (540) 226-3887
Web site: http://fredericksburgcsa.com

Application Date: 2010-06-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Green Thumb Growers contracts CNG vegetable production to Community Supported Agriculture. 11/2/2021 Green Thumb Growers became a project of Plentiful Farm.)
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? *
Fredericksburg Community Supported Agriculture Project promotes CNG as an alternative to organic certification.
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *
I leared basics from my father. I have been farming for market since 2006. My enthusiasm for a sustainable growing method began with a desire to grow my own food.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0.4
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0.1
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.4
Fruit Crops:
0.1
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
473
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
MG denotes 0.06 ac. vegetable and herb garden at 618 Maury St.; UG denotes 0.08 ac. vegetable, berry, and tree fruit garden at 400 Dixon St. ;11/2/2021: MOdify acreage to reflect release of two leased gardens in Fredericksburg and development of production at Plentiful Farm.
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: *
intensive hand cultivation; 11/2/2021: Moved to mechanical cultivation with 1957 Farmall Cub and associated implements.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
hairy vetch, annual rye, crimson clover, winter pea, buckwheat, field pea
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
itinerant vegetarian canteen scraps, residential kitchen scraps, wood ash, and on farm waste; 11/2/2021 450 lb per year coffee grounds
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". *
40 lb per 100 sf
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
llamas from Stafford County; 11/2/2021 Manure sources from on farm herd and other local cattle farms.
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". *
40 lb per 100 sf
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
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. *
dolomitic lime applied as required wood ash appled as required bone meal rock phophate Fetrell Super K 3-2-7
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. *
Wire grass,lambs quarters, and non-production volunteer crops controlled using cover crop and hand weeding.;11/2/2021: Plentiful Farm will focus more on mechanical cultivation.
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. *
harlequin beetle, squash bug, squash vine borer controlled with beneficial attractants, crop timing, and hand picking.;11/2/2021 Summer scouting indicates that Japanese beetles adn cutworms are also present in the rural farm.
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. *
Powdery mildew and viruses affecting squash controlled by careful hygienne and insect controls.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rain barrels and filtered public water supply.; 11/2/2021; well water and farm pond with 50 ft wooded buffer from pasture.
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. *
Most seeds are from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and organic when this is avaialble. Other vendors are used when necessary.
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? *
Potting soil is mixed
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Peat moss, mushroom compost, vermiculite, Fertrell Starter 4-2-4., pelletiaed limestone.
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. *
N/A
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Peaceful Valley Farm (CA)bare root crops for asparagus, strawberries, and rhubarb; Edible Landscaping (VA) potted crop for tree fruits.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes
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). *
Peaceful Valley Farm does not appear to certify bare root crop as CNG or organic; Edible Landscaping does not appear to certify potted crop as CNG or organic
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.) *
Residential lots are on both sides of MG. Townhouses and roadways border UG. 11/2/2021 Produce operation relocated to Spotsylvania Co. Commercial agriculture use is across county road.Forestry operations surround the pasture and produce beds.
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. *
No none application of non-approved chemicals. MG is cultivated to the property line. Adjacent owners are aware of garden status and requested not to apply non-OMRI controls. Property on the west side has a 6 ft board fence and 6 ft buffer. UG maintains a 14 ft grass buffer with chainlink fence adjacent to townhouses and substantial buffers to roadways. Adjacent owners aware of no spray garden status and stop application along fence adjacent to vegetable garden. 11/2/2021: Commercial agriculture with approxiamtely 50 ft of state right of way and an additonal 10 ft of private buffer on either side. Forestry operations maintain 50 ft fordsted burffer from pasture and produce beds.

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:
This is an intensive urban growing practice on small lots. Green Thumb Growers hve used CNG methods at 618 Maury Street (MG) since February 2009; GTG or others have used CNG methods at 400 Dixon Street (UG) since February 2006. Transitional status is proposed through January 2012. Additional lots are under consideration for expansion of the practice. Note from staff 3/25/14: Transitional status beginning per notice that the farmer is leasing on a new property and cannot guarantee the recent history of the plot of land. 11/2/2021: Produce operation relocated to Spotsylvania Co. and rebranded as Plentiful Farm. Green Thumb Growers maintains a small, certified orchard on Barton Street in Fredericksburg which will remain a project of Plentiful Farm.