Produce Application

Chucklehead Farm

Owner: Michael Zawisza

Address:
432 Temperance Hill Circle
Potts Camp, MS 38659
Marshall County

daytime phone: (269) 303-9871
evening phone: (901) 237-6351

Application Date: 2019-01-31

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Chucklehead Farm is market garden run by Michael and Kathryn Zawisza (Za-vee-sha). We are both classically trained chefs that opened our farm to provide wholesome food to our family and surrounding community in north Mississippi and Memphis, TN. This will be our first year of production. We plan on offering a variety of sustainably grown produce as well as cottage foods like pickles and fermented items.
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? *
We heard of this program through Randy and Josephine Alexander of Tubby Creek Farm in Ashland, MS.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.25
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0.25
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.25
Fruit Crops:
0.01
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Wild harvested chanterelle mushrooms.
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: *
Low till, semi permanent beds
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
vetch, rye, clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased complete, on farm, vegetable trim from restaurants
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" over a 0.25 acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
BWI pelleted chicken 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". *
3-4#/100 sq. feet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
before every planting
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. *
Alfalfa meal, seaweed extract, salubor (boron)
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. *
A possible weed problem will be dormant seeds that will be turned to the surface. They will be managed by intensive row cropping, sillage tarps, bed staling, and manuel removal for hoeing, flame weeding, cultivation and biodegradable mulches.
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. *
Flea beetles, cabbage worms, and aphids. We will use landscape fabrics, BT chemical (foliar application), insect netting and crop rotation
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. *
Blight, blossom end rot. We will cut blight off of plant with sterilized scissors. We will use air flow and drip irrigation which will cut down on disease.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We will be using water from our private lake on our property. We have tested the water through the company Waypoint Analytics.
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

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
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
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") *
N/A
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.) *
Industrial monocropper next door to our land. We are in contact with the owner, but he is hesitant to offer any information about what he grows and what he sprays on his fields. He does spray aerially, but he insists they don't when it is windy.
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. *
The north and west sides have no contact with conventional farming but the south and east sides do. However, there is a 20ft tree line, plus a minimum of 200ft distance from the conventional farm.

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:
This is our first year farming, and we want to start our business with the highest standards and grow the right way. We would be open to any suggestions you have for us. Thank you so much!