Produce & Flowers

Caney Fork Farms

Owner: Zach Wolf

Address:
Carthage, TN

daytime phone: (615) 212-5234
Web site: http://www.caneyforkfarms.com/

Application Date: 2015-09-12

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I believe there's power in numbers, and want our farm to be part of this grassroots community of small growers
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? *
Alice Varon
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? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
200
Number of above acreage that you own: *
300
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
10
Fruit Crops:
10
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:
none

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Chisel Plow, disc
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye + Vetch + Austrian Winter Peas Cereal Rye + Brassica+ Austrian Winter Peas Sunn Hemp buckwheat + Sudex + forage soy
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Horse manure on-farm, chopped leaves, local wood chips from tree service companies, fresh grass clippings, vegetable crop wastes
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". *
1-2 tons/acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Resident livestock applied when grazing cover crops in veggie fields. Grazing is conducted >120 days from any harvest in the area and care is taken to prevent livestock contact with other growing areas.
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". *
one day of 20 cows/.5 acre = ton/acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring, summer or 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. *
Hi Cal Lime, Gypsum.
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? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
Neighbor sprayed Amine 2,4-D in March 2014 in veggie Field.
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. *
Nutsedge, Bermuda, Cocklebur, Perilla, and Pigweed. Rotations and Dense cover cropping. We will also be conducting no-till organic tests on the vegetable fields.
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. *
Primary insect pests are flea beetles, cucumber beetle and cabbage worms which will be controlled with row covers and/or Surround Kaolin spray/dip (physical barrier). Surround would be used up until flower and fruit set, frequency depending upon rainfall. Surround may also be used in fruit orchard. Actively aerated compost tea made on the farm may also be used. As well, all IPM methods work in conjunction with Biological insectary borders integrated throughout the acreage, and especially in proximity to the vegetable production areas.
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. *
Blights and cankers: We are planting resistant varieties and will commit to pruning affected branches and maintaining air flow. We will be testing actively aerated compost teas to combat rots. To prevent wilts in the field, we control the vector of flea beetles via physical barriers of row covers and/or surround kaolin clay. Past that, we will commit to a multi-year rotation and refrain from walking through fields when wet.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We have 4 water sources on the farm: The primary annual vegetable garden and greenhouse is irrigated from a well. The field crops are irrigated from one of two farm ponds on the property, known as the "North Pond" and the "Gibbs Pond" The emergency failsafe source is the Caney Fork river which flows around 3 sides of our boundary.
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Relinda Walker, Certified Organic onion transplants from Sylvania GA.
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). *
n/a
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. *
We are planting 100' buffer strips along riverbanks and road ways, as well as fence rows that divide our farm and a neighbor's hayfield.

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 are planning to grow vegetables for wholesale next season (2016) and have also submitted a livestock application. We understand that we are applying for transitional status because of the spray history of our acreage but would still like to be part of the CNG community and support its good work in the meantime.