Produce Application

Evans Knob Farm

Owner: Kathy Evans

Address:
498 Walt Teets Road
Bruceton Mills, WV 26525
Preston County

daytime phone: (304) 692-5690
evening phone: (304) 379-2002
Web site: http://www.evansknobfarm.com

Application Date: 2011-08-03

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been certified organic by OEFFA since 2003. I have become somewhat discouraged by the large corporations diluting what the whole organic program was meant to be. I am tired of the high costs of organic certification. I want to be a part of an organization that has the farmer in mind, I want to be accountable to my customers and my fellow Certified Naturally Grown neighbors.
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: *
OEFFA
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
Since July of 2003
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Fellow farmers of Backbone Farm, Max and Katharine Dubansky

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
80
Number of above acreage that you own: *
130
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
4
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
50
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
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: *
rototilling
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat, rye grass, oats
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm grass clippings,leaves,hay and manures from our own animals
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 to 2 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
own animals
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 to 2 inches
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
typically late fall.
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, every spring
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. *
Mulch, woven ground cover, hand tools, tiller, occasionally black plastic
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. *
Mexican bean beetle,cucumber beetles and flea beetles. Pyganic squash bugs,cabbage loopers, Dipel
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 in tomatoes and potatoes,Oxidate
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
on farm pond and springs
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. *
To the north,west and south there is at least a 100 yard buffer of wooded area between our property and the neighbors. The neighbors on the west and east of us raise cattle, and likely use lime and fertilizer - this area is several hundred yards away from our growing area and there is the tree buffer line. Some of our gardens are as close as 20ft to the road, others much further. The buffer has been approved by OEFFA because of the type of dirt road we live on, how the land lays, (the gardens are above the road, so there is no danger of run off) etc.

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 became certified organic after I found out that I had a disease that was cause by a compromised immune system. We felt it was due to toxic build up in my system. I am happy to say that 18 years after this diagnosis, I am totally free from all the drugs and pain I experienced. We will never go back to the way things were. We now have grandchildren that we hope someday will take over the farm, I want to leave it to them so much better than it was when we started.