Produce Application

Chickadee Farms

Owner: Jennifer Sanford-Johnson

Address:
980 McLemore Road
Clayton, NC 27520
Johnston County

daytime phone: (919) 418-9628
evening phone: (919) 418-9628
Web site: http://www.chickadeefarmsnc.com

Application Date: 2018-01-22

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have a hard time explaining to our customers our growing practices in a concise way they would understand, I have some issues with the certified organic label (approving hydroponics and yet again not including humane animal standards) and I like the peer to peer aspect
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? *
Conferences, Southern Sawg

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
3
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2.75
Fruit Crops:
0.25
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: *
Chisel Plow, Discing
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Wheat, Crimson Clover, Buckwheat, Oats, Cowpeas, Sudangrass, Red Clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete
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". *
2 wheelbarrows per 300 sq ft
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Layer Chickens rotated through field that is not cropped for one year
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". *
1.5 tons per acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Through out the year with chickens
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. *
Harmony Pelletized Poultry Manure: use all year for field bed prep, Martin 90% Agricultural Sulphur: used once in 2017, Great Salt Lakes Mineral Corporation Organic K+ Ag Granular 0-0-50 Sulphate of Potash, used in July-December 2016 in all bed prep, Dehy Alfalfa Meal organic dehydrated Alfalfa meal: used all year in hoop house bed prep,Feather Meal (bagged at Farm Store from Tyson Rendering Plant in Harmony, NC): used July-December 2016 in field bed prep
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. *
Pigweed, annual grasses,lambsquarters,chickweed, hen bit. Control methods: stale seedbedding through out year, flame weeding: through out year, hand weeding:as needed weekly or bi weekly, mowing: as needed twice a month,weed wacking: as needed, landscape fabric: through out year, tractor cultivation: every week to every other week depending on season, Cover Cropping: through out year in rotation |
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. *
stink bugs, cabbage loopers, colorado potato beetles, blister beetles, army worms, leaf footed bugs, grasshoppers. Control methods,Pest Scouting: weekly, Colorado Potato Beetle:hand picking: as needed, Cabbage Loopers/Army Worms/Tomato Horn Worms DiPel Bt: every other week in fall and once a month during late summer on tomatoes,Colorado Potato Beetles:Monterey Garden Insect Spray Spinosad:two/three times on potatoes as needed,Surround kaolin clay:on fall transplants and once on peppers, Southern Ag Triple Action Neem Oil: once a year for aphids if needed, Row Covers for grasshoppers, blister beetles, caterpillars, harlequin bugs
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. *
Powdery Mildew: Monterey Horticultural Oil: Mineral Oil: used 3-4 weeks mixed with baking soda for powdery mildew on cucumbers
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

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. *
Farmers surrounding us are certified organic or use organic practices. Otherwise there it a 100 foot tree buffer between fields and main road

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: