Produce Application

Lost Weekend Farms

Owner: Elizabeth Lassiter

Address:
1844 Neelys Bend Rd
Madison, TN 37115
Davidson County

Web site: http://www.lostweekendfarms.com

Application Date: 2017-03-31

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe in the growing principles and techniques promoted by the CNG program and we want to be a part of this grassroots community.
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? *
From another farmer, also internet research.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
2
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3
Fruit Crops:
.5
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
.25
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
.25
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: *
3 Point Rototiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye, radish, crimson clover, vetch, cowpeas.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm vegetable & plant waste, chopped leaves, grass clippings, chicken manure & straw bedding. Coffee grounds & vegetable scraps from local cafe. Old hay from neighboring farm. We have purchased compost in the past, but we were very dissatisfied with the quality & crop results. We are now working toward fulfilling all our compost & fertility needs from on farm and neighboring sources.
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 inches
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On farm chicken manure and neighboring farms' cow and horse 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". *
1-2 inches
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring or fall, depending on when the plot will be used
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. *
Perdue AgriRecycle 3-2-3 fertilizer derived from chicken litter, OMRI listed/NOP compliant, applied once per year in spring when planting. Fish meal, feather meal, or blood meal used in rows that need Nitrogen only, once per year in spring when planting. Sulfate of Potash applied as a source of Potassium in spring, when need is indicated by soil test.
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. *
Bermuda grass, fescue grass, pigweed, purslane. Removed by mechanical weeding methods including a rake and stirrup hoe as often as possible. Mulching with old hay & straw, using biodegradable paper mulch, and using reusable landscape fabric.
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. *
Cucumber beetles, harlequin beetles, blister beetles, flea beetles, several types of cabbage & tomato worms. Surround kaolin clay is used on young plants before fruit set, frequency dependent on amount of rain. Rotate between BT & Spinosad on fruiting & mature plants, sprayed at dusk to minimize any effect on pollinators, and used sparingly. Working on increasing organic matter in soil & overall soil health in the belief that it will decrease our pest problems. Deer & raccoons are also major pests, deterred by electric fencing. We also introduced a flock of 10-15 guinea fowl for control of insect pests.
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. *
Early/late blight on tomatoes - practicing crop rotation, mulching, and increasing space between plants & rows to increase airflow.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Municipal water supply
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? *
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. *
North, South, & West our growing area is bordered by woods or unmanaged, unsprayed pasture. East is our house, rural road, and unsprayed hay production.

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: