Rock Run Creek FarmOwner: Francis Ngoh
3618 ROCK RUN RD
Goldvein, VA 22720-1704
daytime phone: (703) 628-8447
evening phone: (703) 628-8447
Application Date: 2018-03-01
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program. *
- Live the culture, farm natural and organic, have been previously Certified Natural Grown and USDA Organic Certified.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you held any certification/s in the past that you don't currently hold? *
- Please note which agencies and dates. *
- USDA Certified Organic 2015/16
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Was Certified Naturally Grown before 2015.
- Check all types of mushrooms you intend to certify. Please include any types you intend to grow or harvest in the coming 24 months. *
- Other types you'll be growing, not listed above:
- Wine Cap
- Are there any mushroom types you grow or harvest for which you are NOT seeking certification? Please list all such types, and explain why you are not seeking to certify them.
- Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *
- Please specify what other markets (if any).
Substrate, Supplements, and Other Materials
- For each type of mushroom you produce, tell us about your substrate. (Put "N/A" or leave blank for any type you don't produce). Please indicate in the appropriate box below: 1) what you use for substrates and supplements (if any) and 2) the sources of these materials. Include names of products and distributors where appropriate. If any substrate is obtained from a non-commercial source, please describe that source.
- Shiitake (Lentinula)
- Certified Organic Saw dust " Night Velvet, other strains spawn...Field and Forest Mushroom spawn
- Oyster (Pleurotus)
- Certified Organic Grey Oyster , other grain spawns.....Field and Forest Mushroom spawn
- King stropharia, garden giant, wine cap (Stropharia)
- Reishi (Ganoderma)
- Enoki, velvet foot (Flammulina)
- Maitake, hen of the woods (Grifola)
- Butterscotch mushroom (Nameko)
- Lion's mane, pom-poms (Hericium)
- Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus)
- White button, portabella (Agaricus)
- Other (please specify)
- Certified Organic Wine Cap grain spawn.....Field and Forest Spawn
- Did you remember to indicate, for each of the substrates and supplements noted above, the sources of these materials? You may use this space to say anything else about the substrates you're using or may want to use in the future.
- Do your substrates include corn, soy, cotton seed hulls, or other byproducts of crops that are grown commercially in GMO form? *
- Do you use logs as a substrate? *
- Do you adhere to all state or local quarantines for forest products that there may be in your region? *
- Please describe any steps you take to ensure that the logs you use are harvested according to a forest management plan that will maintain or help improve the overall health of the forest. *
- Freshly harvested wood - Land clearing for development and forest management projects.
- What do you use to seal logs after inoculation? *
- no sealing
- If you use wax, how do you confirm that it does not contain ethylene-propylene co-polymer, synthetic colors, or perfumes? *
- Do you use wood chips, sawdust, sawdust blocks, or wood pellets? *
- Do you use any of the following items as substrate: cardboard, paper, clothing, municipal compost, wood from rare trees harvested for mushroom production? *
- Do you use manure as a substrate in your mushroom operation? *
- Please describe all sterilization or pasteurization procedures and materials you use. (If none, please put N/A) *
- warm water pasteurization of wheat straw only for Oyster mushroom production....
- How do you dispose of or re-purpose used substrate? Please indicate current practices as well as any plans you have for how the used substrate may be put to further productive use. *
- Farm field use to recycle spend substrate for vegetable growth....compost soil builder
- How do you ensure that nutrients from used substrate do not leach into waterways? *
Containers, Racks, and Beds
- Please describe the racks and beds used in production (if any). What are they made of? *
- shredded wood chips plus wheat straw
- Please describe any containers used for sterilization, and/or pasteurization. What are they made of? *
- farm plastic and metal containers for straw pasturization
- Please describe any containers used for production. What are they made of? If you don't use containers for production (as for log-based production) you may answer "n/a". *
- Were the containers purchased new or repurposed? If re-purposed, please describe how the containers had been used previously, and how you confirmed this with the supplier(s). *
- In your operation, do any of the following materials come into direct contact with any substrate or fruiting bodies?Plastics that contain BPA, polystyrene, treated wood, railroad ties, containers that previously held toxic materials, re-purposed containers that had an unknown prior use *
- CNG Mushroom certification covers cultivated mushrooms, not wild-crafted mushrooms. However, we include this section on the application for two reasons: #1 It is important to us that those who participate in our programs are mindful of the sustainability of the non-certified portions of their operations. #2 We want to give our members the opportunity to be transparent about their wild-crafting practices, and to minimize confusion about which mushrooms are certified.
- Are any of the mushrooms you sell wild harvested (or "wildcrafted")? Yes/No *
- What water contamination experts have you consulted to identify which contaminants are typically found in area water, and determine the tests that should be conducted? Relevant experts may include local or state health department officials, Natural Resource Conservation Service agents, state environmental protection or pollution control agencies, local well drilling and water testing companies. (If you haven't yet done this, please indicate who you will approach, and by when you expect to have completed this program requirement.) *
- Joiner Micro Laboratories, Inc -- tested for Coliform and E.coli on 6/23/2018, result: absent
- Have you tested your water at the point of use for heavy metals or other contaminants that were identified by local water quality experts? When? What were the results? (If you haven't yet done this, please indicate by when you expect to have completed this program requirement.) *
- yes....home well water tested safe for home use.
- Do you use well water to mist or irrigate fruiting bodies? *
- Please note CNG mushroom standards require you test well water used to mist or irrigate fruiting bodies at least once per year for E. coli, and the results must be negative with no E. coli detected. Have you tested your well water for E. coli within the past year? What was the date of the most recent test? What were the results? Please keep lab results on file, and plan to have them available during your inspection. *
- Joiner Micro Laboratories, Inc -- tested for Coliform and E.coli on 6/23/2018, result: absent
- Do you use surface water to soak logs or to irrigate non-fruiting substrate? Surface water includes water from ponds, streams, and reservoirs. *
- Do you ever use surface water to mist or irrigate fruiting bodies? *
- Do you purchase spawn or produce your own or some of each? (If purchased, please list the supplier.) *
- Field and Forest mushroom spawn.
- CNG mushroom standards prohibit for spawn production the use of adhesives, byproducts of GMO crops, or other materials prohibited for use as substrate. Are you confident none of these materials were used as a growing media for the spawn? *
Pest & Disease Management
- Describe your primary insect pest challenges AND methods of prevention and control. (Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate actual pest challenges or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage or how you would manage them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used.) *
- slugs, ants......constant rotation of logs, no sprays.
- Describe your primary disease challenges AND methods of prevention and control. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
- outside ,seasonal growth, no diseases.
Site Location and Buffers
- Is your operation either partially or entirely INdoors? *
- Is your operation either partially or entirely OUTdoors? *
- Please describe neighboring land uses to the north, south, east and west of your OUTdoor operation. *
- Farm land surrounded by trees and forests.
- Do these uses pose a risk of drift or contamination? *
- What is the distance between your outdoor production area and the nearest sources of possible contamination? *
- Forest production - natural
- What other factors mediate the risk of contamination? (Prevailing wind patterns, windbreaks, method of spray, etc.) *
- Trees and forest filter the winds through the growth areas under the trees.
- Has your outdoor production area been treated with prohibited substances within the past 36 months? If so, by what was it treated, and when? *
- What measures have you taken to conserve energy, improve energy efficiency, and/or use energy from renewable sources? (This could include system design, siting, insulation, lighting choices, and more.)
- Please use this space to highlight any other measures you take to reduce the environmental impact of your operation or to make it more sustainable in other ways.
- Forest grown under trees...limited open areas.
Inspections & Networks
- A core requirement of CNG certification is the on-site peer-review. Getting this completed is facilitated if you're a part of a network of mushroom producers who might serve as your inspector.
- Are you a part of a network (informal or formal) of mushroom producers in your geographic area? *
- I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe that a farm product not raised in accord with CNG standards is Certified Naturally Grown *
- I understand that I have to complete at least one Inspection of another CNG mushroom producer in my area each year, if there is one within a one hour drive. *
- I understand that the inspection I conduct will NOT be of the same producer that inspected me. *
- I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown mushroom certification standards, I understand them, and I will abide by them. 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 operation.