Harp & Shamrock Croft, LLCOwner: Paul and Jenni Callahan
254 Morgan Road
Wellford, SC 29385
daytime phone: (703) 470-6517
Web site: http://www.harpandshamrockcroft.com
Application Date: 2018-03-20
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We have been growing without conventional pesticide chemicals or synthetic fertilizers since 2013, which is when we started our small farm, and being CNG would give us more credibility and substantiate what we have already been doing on our farm by bringing healthier food to the community that we live and work in.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Another farmer that we are friends with posted information last summer (2017) about obtaining his CNG.
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- 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: *
- We have found that the less invasive tillage the better for our soil microbial activity. We primarily use a 12” turn plow, then run a disc harrow to smooth the area. We have seen better growth in the beds switching to this method. The only bed I use a tiller in would be our flower bed and only because it’s over our septic drain field and I fear using a tractor in this area could cause damage. Our tiller is mainly used in isle ways as a preparation for newspaper and leaf mulch.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- For the last two years we have used purchased complete compost. In 2017 the product we used was Carolina Supreme from Rock Hill, SC. In 2018 the product we are using is from Atlas Organics from Spartanburg, SC.
- 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". *
- 15-22 cubic yards is utiliIized in beds to build up organic matter.
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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. *
- For the past two years we have used a 13-0-0 nitrogen fertilizer to enhance growth. The product is called NATURESAFE and has an OMRI listing (feather and meat meal). Based on soil tests, we also use a phosphorus amendment called Tennessee Brown, which also is OMRI listed. For our potassium amendment, we use Kelp Meal that is organic imported from Canada. Prior to 2017, we made our own complete fertilizer from blood meal, bone meal, and kelp meal. Given our growth in size, we switched to our current amendments based on cost and readily available products. We have seen positive results from what we currently use. We do add dolomitic lime as recommended by our soil tests. We typically buy a fast acting lime at Lowe’s given ease of access.
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
- 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. *
- Weeds are the bane of our existence. In the South, South Carolina, it’s a battle rash year with weeds and grass in growing areas. Our main weed control method is to heavily mulch beds with crushed leaves. It does make our soil more acidic, and why we have to add lime each year, but apply newspaper, black ink only, and a level of leaves does help reduce weeds and grass. Secondly, we pull weeds as well, but usually in late spring when rain has increased growth.
- 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. *
- We use four main products for our pests. Slug-O is for slugs that hinder our green bean crop each year when germinating and sprouting from the ground. The product serves us well and in OMRI listed. The last three years have been much better when applying the product once sprouts are seen. Mexican bean beetles as horrible in our are. And the Japanese beetles as well. I have fought these year after year to the point of almost giving up on any beans. In 2017 though I seemed to find a good rhythm as I would get out to the beans just after sun up and spray with Neem Oil (leaf eating bugs) since the bees had not come out yet, then 30 minutes later dust heavily with diametatious earth. The dual method worked really well. Horn worms are a problem too. We have found alternating B.t. and Spinosad keeps the pests down to a manageable number. For infestation of just about any kind the only product that seems to knock out both leaf and fruit eating pests in Pyganic (a broad spectrum pest control). Caution must be used when spraying during the time of day so as not to kill be beneficial insects.
- 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. *
- For the last two years our disease challenges have been tomato issues. In 2016, we were hit by a leaf virus that impacted everyone given lack of rain and then a huge storm ushered in heavy humidity that triggered the disease. Liquid copper and Neem oil delayed the virus, but it still deteriorated our plants a month sooner. In 2017, we had early blight move in on us. The plants did better than in 2016, but a lot of rain last year and not being able to mulch a head of and during rains made the plants very susceptible to the blight. We did succession plant and mulched early enough that our second planting saw a higher yield. We used liquid copper as well on older and newer plants to stay off the blight. In our area, the common practice of mulching and regular use of fungicides is the only way to hold off plant diseases in night shades.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Municipal water source. We do not have a well as it has been a cost issue. Also, we are not near a public river or lake to use. The municipal water is not ideal, but with managed use, not over watering growing areas, and timing use with natural rain, we have managed to be successful. The only year that was truly difficult was 2016 as rainfall was severely lacking, so we really had to manage usage and mulch beds more often.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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") *
- To my knowledge and understanding, we grow according to CNG methods and standards. We make our own potting mix. The base of our mix is Atlas Organics compost. I made mention of them in our application. It’s a non-manure compost. Also, we use OMRI listed peat moss.
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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. *
- We are tucked in on a corner with our main growing area along a long driveway for our neighbor who has no garden to North, a woodlands to the South, more woodlands to the East, and part of our own property adjacent to the main growing area to the West. The growing area we are using now is far enough away of any energy company spraying of utility poles and no neighbors have gardens for any contamination.
- 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:
- Our goal is to bring fresh, local, chemical-free produce to consumers. CNG would only substantiate what we have been doing for the last five years. Thank you for this opportunity to apply.