Produce Application

Rolling Along Farms

Owner: Adam Queen

Address:
2936 Southern Ave
Memphis, TN 38111
Shelby County

daytime phone: (731) 460-6415
Web site: http://Instagram.com/rollingalongfarms

Application Date: 2018-06-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I would like to be able to qualify to my customers that I am growing in s sustainable way. I also like that it is a farmer to farmer peer review system unlike the USDA certification and it is easier to navigate.
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 heard about CNG through other farmers, either through advertising, hearing them talk about it, and just seeing it around social media really.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/4 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1.3 acre
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1 acre
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
100%
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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: *
Right now we are in the initial tillage and soil building stage. Where we can fit the tractor we will disk in the cover crop and then come behind it with a rear tine tiller. Our goal however is to try to move to a minimal till and possibly no till once we get the organic matter built up in our beds.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
winter rye, winter peas, vetch, buckwheat, sudangrass, cowpeas, sun hemp, soybeans, sunflowers
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, vegetable waste with straw
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/ 62.5 sq ft
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
on farm, goats and chickens
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 wheelbarrow/ 62.5 sq ft
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
in the fall
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. *
lime (dolomite - Waukesha Farm), Sustane 8-2-4, Down to Earth bone meal 3-16-0, Jobe's 4-4-4.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
yes
If yes, as per the Certification regulations, it is acceptable to apply chelated chemical fertilizers to correct specifical micronutrient imbalances as listed on a recent soil test. Does the application of this fertilizer meet those requirements? *
no
If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates: *
Unknown amounts and exact application dates but the land was in conventional row cropping last year. Specifically soybeans.
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
We have a little under an acre that we currently lease that was previously under conventional agriculture management. We are currently doing a series of cover crops, and have a potato patch on it as well.
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. *
We do initial tillage with a disc if the weeds are really bad. The primary weeds are amaranth and different types of grasses. Regular weed management is with a wheel hoe equipped with a stirrup hoe. We also use stirrup hoes of different sizes within the beds themselves and collinear hoes as well.
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 mostly have a problem with squash bugs, vine borers, aphids, and the tomato horn worm. For the aphids, our end goal is to use insect netting but we haven't implemented that strategy yet. For the horn worm, we spray Bt on the leaves we first start to notice the signs of their presence. The squash bugs we try to terminate as many as we can by hand but if it looks like the problem is going to get out of hand we will spray neem oil once a week until the problem subsides. For vine borers, we will spray once a week with neem oil at the base of the plant when new fruit starts to set on young plants.
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. *
Right now we see signs of blossom end rot, and black rot. we pull the fruit and or the plant and dispose of it, but not in the compost pile. We are not currently spraying anything for this as it has not presented a serious problem as of yet. However we would spray a OMRI listed fungicide if the problem persisted.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We are on the local county water system.
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? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
We have a cotton field across the road from one of our plots. We have talked to the farmer and he understands the seriousness of drift when he sprays and has agreed to be careful and spray when the wind speed is less than 5 mph. There is also a soybean field next to another one of our plots and the situation is the same. Types of sprays include, Liberty, Roundup, Gramaxone, Dicamba. We are currently trying to figure out a hedgerow system for an adequate buffer system, as well as we are currently in the process of looking for better, more adequate land.
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. *
To the north of us the cotton field is at least 25 ft from our closest plot and there is a tree line covering part of that. To the east there is a little under a acre of cover crop between our field and a soybean field. To the west there is a significant tree line between our property and the field. And to the south, there is about 150 plus ft between our plot and the soybean field.

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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