Produce Application

ECO City Farms

Owner: Kayla

Address:
4913 Crittenden Street
Edmonston, MD 20781
Prince george's County

Mailing Address:
6010 Taylor Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737

daytime phone: (301) 288-1125
Web site: http://www.ecocityfarms.org

Application Date: 2015-06-23

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been Certified Naturally Grown for several years and it means a lot to us. It's a way for us to communicate our farming methods to our consumers, but also to support other farmers who want to grow organically but are unable or do not wish to go through the USDA.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
UMD extension
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
I took over a farm that was already CNG

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.2
Fruit Crops:
0.1
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:
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: *
broadfork
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
oats, clover, rye, rye grass, hairy vetch
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on-farm
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 ton per acre
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
kelp, alfalfa, Allganic potassium sulfate (OMRI), gypsum, symphony blend, green sand. We apply it as we replant beds, which varies on whether it was a salad mix or tomatoes planted in that specific area.
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. *
bermuda grass, chick weed, ground ivy, thistles. hand-weeding, in spring we use a flameweeder
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, cabbage worm, cutworm, army worm, white flies. Hand-pick & trap cropping. Did a one-time application of perythrin for harlequin last fall, one-time application on cut & cabbage worm, and several applications of insecticidal soap on white flies
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. *
Rust on spinach and chard. Use neem oil - works on chard but not on spinach. Used weekly for 3 weeks.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City water - WSSC
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. *
The land south & west of us are residential with the Anacostia snaking it's way through. The land use to the east is a 1/4 mile from us with a treeline following the channel to the east & north (also residential). The residential area to the south & west are also a couple hundred feet from us the farm. Tree-line northeast and levee running northwest.

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: