Produce Application

Calvert Enterprises

Owner: Joe Calvert

Address:
306 Arkavalley Rd.
Greenbrier, AR 72058
Faulkner County

Mailing Address:
278 Arkavalley Rd.
Greenbrier, AR 72058

daytime phone: (501) 472-1361
Web site: http://www.calvert-enterprises.com

Application Date: 2016-11-28

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are in our first year of production for commerce, and are committed to using natural practices. Our mentor Ray Tyler from TN encouraged us to consider becoming certified and selling through the New South Coop.
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? *
Have heard about it from different places for years, but specifically were directed here by Ray Tyler.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
aprox. 1/8 of an acre in production, plan to expand
Number of above acreage that you own: *
aprox. 27 acres of family land we will inherit
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
aprox 1/8 of an acre
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
12 acres hay / pasture
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
15
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Vegetables includes microgreens grown in our greenhouse. We do not currently have berries, tree fruits, or grapes, but hope to expand into them later.
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:
The checked items are markets we have either sold through already or plan to pursue, but probably will not wind up selling to all of them long term.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Currently have used tractor tilling to create some new garden beds, then weed barrier, tarps, and or mulch to suppress weeds thereafter. Shooting for a minimal to zero tillage system.
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.): *
Composting horse stall cleanings and chicken litter in a windrow system with PTO compost turner. May use wood chips from line clearance companies in the future. Following rules for organic compost production. We have two kinds of garden beds. One tilled initially with about 4" of added compost. The other beds are created by suppressing pasture with thick layers of wood chips or temporary tarping; then 30" wide beds are made on the suppressed area from about 8" of straight compost.
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". *
see above.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Using horse stall cleanings from local racing stable and chicken litter from local chicken farm in our compost, not using uncomposted. Also using Crescendo processed poultry manure. For composted manure see answer under compost above. Crescendo is applied at a rate of 16.5 lbs per 50' of 30" wide bed.
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". *
see above
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
see above
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. *
To date we have been making our own potting soil/ growing media. The ingredients we use (not necessarily all in the same mix) are compost, sand, peat moss, garden soil, organic lime, greensand, blood meal, rock phosphate - OMRI listed, potassium sulfate - OMRI listed.
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. *
Burmuda grass. We are trying to suppress it with weed barrier between beds, thick layers of wood chips, and tarping beds when not in use.
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. *
So far mostly hornworms, grasshoppers, cabbage worms, and other unknown pests. Management consists of insect netting and handpicking.
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. *
Tomato splitting and disease due to inconsistant watering - plan in future to grow tomatoes under an open high tunnel to control watering. For microgreens, fungus growth caused by excess humidity in greenhouse - plan to control with air circulation and bottom watering.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well
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. *
Road is to the north, about 500' from the nearest garden. The nearest house/yard is about 100 yards from the nearest garden. To the east, south, and west are pastures and wooded areas, not in hay or any kind of production with chemical usage.

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: