Produce & Flowers

River Queen Greens

Owner: Cheryl Nunes

Address:
1020 Kentucky Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
Orleans County

Mailing Address:
1240 Kentucky Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

daytime phone: (914) 475-7055
Web site: http://www.riverqueengreens.com

Application Date: 2018-10-22

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We grow a half acre of vegetables intensively on an urban lot in New Orleans, and in 2019 are beginning to expand to additional acreage about 15 miles away. Our half-acre lot is located on temporary leased land (3-5 years) that does not make sense to certify organic since we do not own the property. We will ultimately transition completely to our larger piece of land and would like to be CNG for marketing and educational reasons -- of course we are growing organically but are unable to use that word.
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? *
The growing community
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
.5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2.5
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
86 acres of cattle pasture and forest
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Microgreens
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 own a 60hp Kubota and turn over large sod plots using a moldboard plow and a disc harrow. To shape beds we use silage tarps and a BCS rotary plow and power harrow. Mid-season we turn beds over by hand.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, Oats, Peas, Vetch, Sun hemp, Soybeans, Sudan Grass, Rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Locally sourced composted horse manure.
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 wheelbarrow loads per 50' bed.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We use composted horse manure
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". *
same - 2 wheelbarrows per 50' bed.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
all times of year, but it is composted
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. *
We use a custom blend of organic fertilizer from Fertrell Fertilizer Company (can send paperwork about ingredients), as well as Ida-Grow pelletized gypsum from Seven Springs Organic Farm Supply, and Mighty Grow 4-3-4.
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. *
Our main weed problem is grass. We manage it with silage tarps and lots of hand weeding and hoeing.
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. *
Our primary insect pressure comes from army worms, aphids, and horn worms. We manage them with a combination of hand-picking and/or weekly applications of BT and/or Pyganic during high pressure season (warmer weather).
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. *
We have noticed disease pressure in our tomatoes and basil thus far, but honestly have not done anything to manage it other than pulling off diseased leaves. If really bad we would consider spraying copper on tomatoes but have not yet done so.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use New Orleans city water.
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? *
We are likely going to purchase brassica transplants for our expanded plot since we did not have time to start them in our own greenhouse this year. We will purchase them from Langridge Plant Sales, a local wholesale nursery supplier that is the best place to buy large quantities of starts for commercial growers in our area.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
They are not, unfortunately
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). *
broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower
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. *
Our half acre lot is in a neighborhood in New Orleans and so is surrounded by residential houses on 3 sides - the east, south, and west. To the north is a main road that goes over a canal, which is about 2 blocks to the east. Our larger lot is much more agricultural in a "rural" area of the city, surrounded by cattle pasture and then the river levee on one side. Our growing area is located several hundred feet in any direction from any other activity.

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: