St. Jude GardenOwner: Emily Oppenheimer
150 Overton Ave
Memphis, TN 38103
575 Suzette ST
Memphis, TN 38126
daytime phone: (901) 238-1547
Web site: http://www.memphistilth.org/st-jude-garden
Application Date: 2018-12-11
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- Since the St. Jude Garden is a contracted project of the non-profit Memphis Tilth, we have already implemented a number of the natural growing practices outlined by CNG. I would like to take these habits a step further, adopting the best and most sustainable practices for our farm, and joining the network of other CNG farms/farmers.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- If yes, please note which certification and agency: *
- USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Word of Mouth
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:
- Kitchen of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Food Recovery Project for Memphis Tilth
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- Rototilling for in-ground areas; shoveling for raised beds
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Clover, Buckwheat, Peas, Vetch, Rye
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Most purchased complete; some on farm
- 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 inches deep
- 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. *
- Previously used Espoma Garden Tone (Derived from: Feather meal, poultry manure, bone meal, alfafa meal, green sand, sulfate of potash, sulfate of potash magnesia)-- applied 2-4 times/ year Ceased use of Espoma in late 2018 after discovering it contains ammoniacal nitrogen and will be switching to Mighty Grow organic in early 2019.
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- 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? *
- If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates: *
- Espoma product applied 2-4 times per year. Ceased use of Espoma in late 2018 after discovering it contains ammoniacal nitrogen.
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
- Fertilome Come and Get It! Fire Ant Bait-- 12/1/18
- 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. *
- Greatest weed presence is in nut sedge and bermuda grass. Our primary methods of control are hand-weeding, mulching, and seasonal tillage of crop beds.
- 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. *
- Squash bugs, harlequin beetles, and aphids present the greatest challenges. Because of the lack of available natural products for insect control, we primarily focus on soil building and supporting the health of the plant (so that it is less susceptible to insect pressure).
- 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. *
- Fungal diseases are the greatest challenge, especially blight for tomatoes and powdery mildew for cucumbers. We have experimented with a few homemade natural sprays, but as those gave little success, we now only focus on soil building and supporting the health of the plant.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Memphis municipal water
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
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? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- If yes, please list types: *
- We have ordered and used several non-NOP-compliant vegetable varieties from Johnny's Seeds, but are making the transition to buy only organic seed. In the case where Johnny's does not have an organic variety of a particular crop, we will check with other companies (such as Southern Exposure) for an organic version, and if such a version does not exist, we will purchase the non-organic seed.
- Please note reason for purchasing treated seed: *
- Going forward, we will purchase no treated seed unless a corresponding organic version is impossible to find.
- I understand that the use of chemically treated seeds is not allowed under organic and Certified Naturally Grown guidelines. I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe produce grown from treated seeds are Certified Naturally Grown. *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- 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? *
- 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? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- 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.) *
- The Garden is relatively close to public roads and is a block away from a hospital campus that maintains conventional landscape spraying practices.
- 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. *
- The garden is separated from the road by a distance of 8-10 feet at the narrowest point. However, there is fencing and perennial/annual flower plantings acting as a buffer between the road and garden. With regards to the potential for spray drift, our organization is currently working on an integrated pest management protocol, that includes the restriction of chemical applications within a certain range of the garden. For over a year, the institution's landscape team has agreed to omit the garden in its spraying routine.
- 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: