Produce Application

Evansingston Farm

Owner: Jason and Niki Evansingston

Address:
484 Floyd Brown Drive
Fargo, AR 72021
Monroe County

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 168
Forrest City, AR 72336

daytime phone: (501) 960-6451
evening phone: (501) 240-0232

Application Date: 2016-10-24

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am new farmer located in a food dessert in the Delta. I grow and maintain all of my produce without restricted chemicals. Because of my practices, I would like to apply for and secure Certified Naturally Grown status.
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? *
I heard about the program from other farmers.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
5
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
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:
Schools, hospitals, and food pantries

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
My primary tillage system will involve a BCS walk-behind tractor. I will till prior to planting crops and at the end of the harvest season.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
I will purchase the compost I use.
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 inch deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
I use pelletized chicken manure.
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". *
70 pounds per acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
pre-planting and I side dress after the first harvest
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. *
Other than pelletized chicken manure, in the past on my school and community gardens I have used Lady Bug Johhn's Recipe Liquid Fertilizer to foliar feed crops once or twice during each growing season. I had planned to use it in CNG production, but now know it is restricted for CNG production. I will use only products allowed per CNG standards, and USDA organic standards.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
yes
If yes, as per the Certification regulations, it is acceptable to apply chelated chemical fertilizers to correct specifical micronutrient imbalances as listed on a recent soil test. Does the application of this fertilizer meet those requirements? *
no
If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates: *
Prior to taking over the land in the fall of 2016, previous inhabitants used co-op plant food 0-0-60, and Triple 13 - Amount - one pound per acre - spring 2016
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. *
Yes, morning glory and nutsedge are my primary weed problems. I cultivate by hand using either a triangle hoe or a Garden Weasle cultivator.
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. *
Aphids are my primary insect issue. I apply neem oil or diatomaceous earth as instructed per the packaging.
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. *
Alternaria leaf spot is the primary disease challenge in my produce. I hand crop the bad leaves on a regular basis and use neem oil as instructed to resolve the issue.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
I use municipal water (Brinkley, Arkansas).
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? *
no
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? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
A conventional farm field is about a 1/2 mile south of my field. They use a crop duster to spray various chemicals on days when it is not windy.
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. *
There is a tree-line that runs south and south west of my field that separates my field from the conventional farm that grows cotton, rice, and soybeans at various times. The distance of the tree line from the conventional farm is a 1/2 mile, we are separated by a standard-size road, a fence, and trees.

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:
All crops are direct seeded.