Produce & Flowers
Red Barn FarmOwner: Erick Gonzalez
1601 NW A St.
Bentonville, AR 72712
Web site: http://redbarnbentonville.com/
Application Date: 2019-04-01
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- Red Barn Farm
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Growers helping build Red Barn Farm had been previously certified.
- 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: *
- 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:
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- Minimal tillage. We will need to break ground and have to level some soil areas for our movable high tunnels and will then build beds. After that process, we will use minimal tillage (power harrow) along with broadforking and some bed clean up with a rotary plow.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Rye, vetch, clover, peas, and fall/spring green manure mixtures.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Purchased complete for local compost facility.
- 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". *
- 4-6" at first refreshing beds with .5" - 1" per bed between crops
- 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. *
- Azomite, rock phosphate, sulfur, chicken feather meal, alfalfa meal, greensand. These are initially used based on our soil tests then a small mixture of azomite, chicken feather meal, and alfalfa meal are mixed and added lightly to rows when we turn over a crop.
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- 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. *
- Bermuda and seasonal airborne weeds like dandelions and native grasses and trees. The primary weed deterrents are silage tarps and exclusion. The secondary is mulch pathways and hand cultivation.
- 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. *
- Aphids, whitefly, cucumber beetle, squash bugs, cabbage white butterflies, harlequin beetles, soldier worms, tomato hornworm. Control: Biological control when available so using BT weekly or after hard rains for the caterpillars. Ordering in lacewings and ladybugs for if aphid and whitefly populations get out of control. Non-biological sprays/dips: try to use kaolinite clay (Surround) on young crops to help exclude pests. Using sprays or dusting with pyrethrum is the last line effort to help control and will always be applied in regulation and consideration of our pollinators. Exclusion: for crops that don't require pollination immediately or at all we use insect netting.
- 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. *
- mildews, blights, and rots. Culturally is the best method for us to mitigate most of these diseases. Keeping air circulation high, and when applicable humidity down. Pruning/removing the affected crop. Keeping it off the ground and protecting from soil splash up.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We have a well for 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? *
- 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? *
- 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. *
- We don't have anyone locally spraying. Sheltered on our north and west borders by large wooded areas. The southern border by a large development committed to no chemical use on the landscape. The eastern side is a road and small duplex neighborhood that seems unlikely to treat with anything or have lawn services that use spray.
- 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: