Produce Application

Windberry Farm

Owner: Laura Kelly

Address:
301 North Railroad St
Winslow, AR 72959
Washington County

daytime phone: (479) 521-4619
evening phone: (479) 521-4619
Web site: http://www.facebook.com/WindberryFarm/

Application Date: 2017-08-17

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I use organic, no-till growing methods to create healthier soil. The certification will help convey that the healthier soil creates healthier produce. Also, I am about to sell more than $5,000 produce this year, and one of my accounts requires that I get certification at that sales amount.
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 can't remember. I've known about it for a long time as a lower-cost, less bureaucratic way to distinguish growing practices from more petroleum-based methods..

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
.7
Number of above acreage that you own: *
all
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
none
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.3
Fruit Crops:
.4
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). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No-till, raised bed. I use a broadfork to prepare new beds, or loosen old beds when needed.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Usually red clover, though I have used alfalfa and rye in the past. My cover-crop methods are very ad-hoc right now.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Most of the compost is sawdust from a local sawmill. I compost manure from local farms, and I also bring in about 25 gallons per week of restaurant kitchen scraps. I have purchased "complete" when I need greater volume, mostly from a local chicken farm where they compost in large quantity.
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" deep for vegetables only
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Neighboring horse, goat and sheep farms, and the completed chicken litter compost mentioned above. this has been tested at the Extension Service before 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". *
Applied as compost.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Generally not applied fresh.
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. *
I use liquid fish or liquid seaweed products on vegetable starts, mostly at transplanting. There is a small amount of feather meal in my soil mix. I add sulfur to the blueberries if soil becomes too alkaline.
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. *
Primary weed challenge is the chickweed, henbit and dead nettle of late winter/early spring. It can compete with emerging raspberry canes. My preferred method is to layer newspaper and mulch over the cane stubs after trimming them to the ground in winter. (I usually only harvest a second crop on twice-bearing Heritage Raspberries). It is very difficult to till or hand weed between raspberry canes, but this is what I do in the rows that did not get pruned and mulched.
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. *
My primary insect challenge is also a benefit. I have so many favorite hosts of Japanese Beetles, but I have incorporated their hand-removal into a tin can as I harvest so effectively, that I keep damage levels low enough to not affect yield. The harvested beetles are a great protein source for both my chickens and my pond fish, both very enthusiastic about the daily treat. Plum curculio is also a serious problem, and I plan to try the kaolin clay spray next year to see if I can actually save any of my peaches. Cabbage moths are serious, so I don't grow brassicas during warm weather. Squash bugs are rampant. I don't grow much summer squash as a result, but when I do, they get a good hosing down and bug removal a couple times a season. Aphids and flea beetles are here, but not really a big enough problem to cause me to loose yield. People still buy arugula with small holes in the leaves.
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. *
Fireblight in the orchard is tough. During wet springs, I often have to prune off significant portions of my susceptible trees. I have planted mostly resistant varieties now, and may replace a couple of the most susceptible trees in the future. I try to manage the wilts and fungal diseases with good spacing and pruning. I have thought about using some copper on my peach trees to combat the leaf curl, but there is no point in doing that until I see if I can conquer the curculio.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Mostly rainwater catchment. Also public water and pond water when needed.
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
I only purchase transplants this year due to major germination problems. Some of the transplants were from the Farmers Coop, but I can certainly source from Bean Mountain or another supplier that doesn't use synthetic fertilizers if this problem should occur in the future.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
I can
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
This year some bell peppers and tomatoes were brought in from the Farmers Coop. Those tomatoes are done, and the bell peppers will not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown.
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. *
Crops are separated by over a thousand feet from all neighboring uses except on the east side where the last house on my dead-end residential road is only about 400 feet away.

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. *
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