Wardensville Garden MarketOwner: Josh Stainthorp
28813 SR 55
Wardensville, WV 26851
daytime phone: (304) 897-2083
Web site: http://wardensvillegardenmarket.org
Application Date: 2017-12-24
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We are a non-profit farm focused on youth empowerment through sustainable agriculture. We are the only local farm and/or market in the area selling produce grown on-site in a sustainable and natural way. We are working to get a transitional CNG status to make it very clear to our customers that we are growing our produce in a way that is healthy for them, our watershed and our farm. We are also in the process of becoming Certified Organic through OEFFA and pursuing various conservation certifications.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- If yes, please note which agencies, and reasons for denial: *
- Our previous application was not very thorough, and we failed to provide additional clarification in a timely manner. We now have additional employees dedicated to the task.
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Word of mouth
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- 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:
- Food Bank, Summer School Program
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- Roto tiller and Power Harrow attachment with a walk-behind tractor. We also recently acquired a tractor with a tiller attachment.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Buckwheat, clover, oats, field peas, barley, mustard. Hope to try winter rye and/or wheat next season.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- On farm: primarily crop debris plus grass clippings from mowing walking paths and leaves from neighboring homes. We are working on securing a more reliable carbon source. We mainly use purchased mushroom compost at this point.
- 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". *
- .5" to 2" deep, depending on OM content
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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. *
- *All applications are based on soil tests at rates determined by worksheets from soilanalyst.org* Allganics nitrate- very sparingly Azomite- once a year. Tennessee brown rock phosphate- one to two times a year. Supercal 98G- high calcium lime, once a year. Magnesium sulfate- sparingly once a year. Potassium sulfate- once a year. Boron- once a year. Copper sulfate- once a year. Zinc sulfate- once a year.
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
- In 2015 the previous tenant sprayed Grazon on the hayfield adjacent to where our gardens were installed in 2016.
- Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
- 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. *
- Pigweed is the biggest problem in our gardens, but we also have our fair share of lamb's quarters and chickweed. All weeds are picked by hand or removed with simple tools such as a stirrup hoe. We use some plastic mulch and landscape fabric to cover walkways.
- 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 beetles, squash beetles, and cabbage worms are hand removed as well as dusted with a cayenne pepper/flour mix. We try to exclude these and the rampaging horde of flea beetles with row cover early in the season. We also have Japanese beetles, which we catch in pheromone bag traps. This coming season we plan on planting insectary hedgerows to hopefully increase the population of beneficial insects.
- 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 blight, we try to prevent by pruning and cull when necessary.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Well Water
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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 - we switched potting mixes to Lucky Dog Growers Blend (peat, perlite, worm castings, bat guano, oyster shell and dolomite lime) and then planning to use Vermont Compost in the future.
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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. *
- North side of garden: 60 feet from a state-owned road. East side: about 550 from a private driveway and river. South side: 1500 ft. from the river over an empty pasture. West side: at least a mile from a sewage processing plant.
- 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: