Produce Application

Urban Roots Farm

Owner: Melissa Millsap

Address:
823 W State
Springfield, MO 65806
Greene County

Mailing Address:
831 W State
Springfield, MO 65806

daytime phone: (417) 827-7046
evening phone: (417) 827-7046
Web site: http://urbanrootsfarm.com

Application Date: 2014-11-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been growing produce naturally for 4 years. While most of our business is through our CSA program, we do sell to a local store and at the farmers market. We believe showing some certification of a third party might help in situations when our produce is place next to other produce and there is no farmer near by to ask questions to about their growing practice. The farms I know that carry this certification, I trust. And I believe having a united stamp will enhance our mission to encourage folks to purchase good food.
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? *
Farmers Market

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1.7
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
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
1
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: *
When we till we use a walk behind tractor. We till in the spring, and after certain crops. Mainly we broad fork, hoe, and rotate crops within the beds each season.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We have used sudan in the summer. We use a mixture of winter rye, winter peas and wheat. The main season fro cover cropping for us is the winter as we downsize greatly for our winter production.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
combination of homemade compost including: spent grain, field waste, leaves and coffee grounds. When we are low we purchase from the cities brush compost that is made by grass clippings and leaves.
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". *
1-2inches each season
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
we purchase dehydrated turkey manure for fertilizer from a local organic supply company.
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". *
2 lbs/100' bed feet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
spring and 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, blood meal, fish emulsion
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. *
We have a problem with bermuda grass and use Sudan grass to battle the growth in the spring. We also mulch and cultivate. purslane is an issue, we eat it and cultivate it where needed. lambs quarter is also a problem seasonally. cultivation helps and hand weeding. johnson grass we hand weed. It is not as bad as the bermuda grass.
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. *
cabbage moth- BT; grass hopper-BT and pyrethrum; slugs- slugo; stink bugs- rotation; harlequin bugs- flame; Aphids- lady bugs; Flea beatles- neem
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. *
tomatoes seems to have mold and leaf curl randomly. We vent the tunnels, shade cloth and calcium or salts; Mildew on squash- garlic spray
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We are on city water.
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. *
Our farm sits in the middle of a dense neighborhood block. We have houses on three sides and a street that runs on the south end of the farm. There is about a 30' buffer all around. It is in the lowest income neighborhood in Springfield. No one sprays their lawn and we have installed a large rain garden to catch all run off from the street and parking lot.

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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