Produce Application

Blue Barn Farms

Owner: Kayla Lowery

Address:
6146 Agricola Latonia Rd.
Lucedale, MS 39452
George County

Mailing Address:
174 Lakeview Drive
Lucedale, MS 39452

daytime phone: (601) 508-6825
Web site: http://Facebook.com/bluebarnfarms

Application Date: 2017-02-12

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I want our customers to know that we are striving to provide the best quality produce possible.
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? *
Local farmers markets

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
10
Number of above acreage that you own: *
10
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
8
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Disk
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Kale and collards
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local farmer
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 tractor bucket per half acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Late summer
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. *
Cotton seed meal purchased at local feed store (their brand J&B Feeds)
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? *
no
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. *
Cogangrass and briars. We weed eat, hand pull and are using ground cover.
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. *
The only incect problem we have had is potato bugs and stink bugs. Both are treated with diatomaceous earth, natural guard ferti-lome brand Bt dust, or natural guard ferti-lome brand liquid concentrate spinosad.
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. *
We haven't had many disease challenges. 1- Blossom end rot. We had a problem with this year before last. We discovered it was from a lack of calcium. We started incorporating egg shells into our soil. 2- southern blight. I had this on my squash plants in my high tunnel last year. We were told to plow/till 6 inches deep. Hopefully we won't have that issue this year! 3-powdery mildew. Neem oil should treat this. Practices to keep these issues at bay- make sure our soil is very rich. Give the plants space for air flow. This is kind of hard to do in the high tunnel when we're trying to get things going early on. But, we're working on it.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We have a private 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") *
All are grown by cng guidelines
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 is located centrally on our property. 50ft north- neighboring land owner - unoccupied with some trees. 50ft south- neighboring land owner - unoccupied covered in untouched hardwoods. 50ft east is our property that we just keep mowed and it has a few pecan trees. 50ft west is flood prone. The west end of our property borders escatawpa river. So that 8-10acres is left untouched.

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: