Produce Application

Rendezvous Farm

Owner: Michael Tholis

Address:
5509 Old National Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
Frederick County

Mailing Address:
4800 3rd st nw
apt 4
Washington, DC 20011

daytime phone: (908) 528-3923

Application Date: 2019-02-18

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I believe in sustainable agriculture practices and use them on my farm. I would like to be certified in order to inform my potential customers that I am producing high quality, nutrient dense food, in a responsible way. I also would like to financially support the Certified Naturally Grown name in order to keep the movement going forward.
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 have been aware of the certification for years through farms that I have worked with. Suzannah reached out to me via Instagram to point me in the right direction to certify.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
.5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
100%
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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 use no-till management practices. Beds are prepared with the broadfork, then amendments are added, then compost is added and raked smooth. We plant straight into the compost.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete
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? *
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. *
Crescendo Organic Fertilizer from 7 Springs Farm: Composted Poultry Manure, Feathermeal, and potassium sulfate. Bloodmeal from 7 Springs Farm
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. *
Fields are brought into production after extended coverage with silage tarp. Every 4 to 6 weeks the tarps are removed and the field is flame weeded and the tarps are replaced. This has been effective for Thistle mitigation. Perennial Grasses are more resilient and will be handled by flameweeding before planting each row, as well as wire and colinear hoeing every 2 weeks during the crop life cycle. The aisles experience the same weed pressure and will be stirrup hoed every 2 weeks.
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. *
It is my longterm goal to create a balanced system in which predators help to control pest issues as well as creating a balanced soil Rhizoshpere from which the plants are able to receive the necessary nurtirents from abundant microbiology to remain healthy enough to repel pests. That being said, I will use Insect netting to keep protect carrots, radishes and turnips from the rustfly and root maggot, as well as trialing resistafly variety of carrot. All brassicas will be covered with netting to keep Flea Beetles at bay. Larger insects and worms such as cucumber Beetle and tomato hornworm will be hand picked. Neem Oil may be applied as an absolute last resort after covering and handpicking in the case of grasshopper infestation.
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. *
Most of my crops are relatively short season in order to keep fungal disease to a minimum. In the case of tomatoes, pepper, and squash, as well as some longer season herbs, any occurrence of downy mildew or powdery mildew will be addressed with a highly biologically active, aerobic compost tea spray. Affected foliage will also be pruned and removed from the field. I plan on applying a spray of compost tea to the fields once a month in order to help boost beneficial microbial life and keep diseases at a minumum.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well on site
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? *
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. *
From the east, 50 yards fallow field separates my crops from forest From the south 100 yards separates us from woods that are 200 yards deep before coming to neighbors grass parking lot From the west 100 yards fallow field separates us from a residential yard from the north 30 yards fallow field separates us from neighbors residential yard

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: