Produce Application

Sunset Ridge Lavender Farm, LLC

Owner: Thomas Moore

Address:
6360 Fowler Rd
Enon, OH 45323
Clark County

daytime phone: (937) 232-6211
evening phone: (937) 232-6211

Application Date: 2019-04-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
To increase the acceptability of our lavender products especially for the culinary lavender buds.
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? *
At the Great Lakes Lavender Growers Association meeting in March, a CNG certified farmer gave a presentration that said that this aided in her marketing efforts and recommended looking into the program

General Farm Information

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











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Buds from the lavender and related oils and products made from the lavender.
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:
Festivals

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
tilling the land and then covering with landscaping material for weed control.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
dwarf clover
Do you use Compost? *
no
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. *
no other fertilizer material is used and none is expected.
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. *
crab grass and thistle and the primary method of control is manual weeding
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. *
Spittle bugs and whiteflies may present a problem but have not seen any evidence of their presence. Their control would be by using a strong water spray but not too strong to hurt the plants.
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. *
Phytophthora is likely the biggest challenge. We address this by carefully sourcing our plants so that the diseasse does not spread.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
ground water but very little irrigation is necessary beyond natural rainfall
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? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Victor's in Washington, Sage Creations Farm in Colorado, and Peace Tree Farm in Pennsylvania
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
no
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). *
All plants whcih are perentials that need to be sold as CNG have been grown according to CNG standards.
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. *
There are no farm fields within half mile of the lavender fields and there is a wild grass area between the field and the lavender. As for the description of the area around our lavender fields. There are three distinct areas where we grow the lavender. The first area is approximately 170' X 100'. The 50 foot area to the north and south of this field is pasture grass. To the east about a combination of a stand trees and another lavender field about 20' away. This second lavender field is also surrounded by at least 50 feet of pasture grass on the other three sides. The third field has at least 50 feet of pasture grass on the east, south, and west sides. On the north there is a 15-20 foot section of grass and then a row of trees, honeysuckle, and other native plants.

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:
Sunset Ridge Lavender Farm LLC is only a lavender farm from which we plan to grow lavender for a variety purposes. We plants our first set of 2000 plants in 2017 consisting of four varieties: Grosso, Betty's Blue, Violet Intrigue, and Royal Velvet. We planted another 800 plants in 2018 consisting of Melissa, Hidcote, Folgate. We will be planing additional Grosso, Phenominal, and Purple Bouquet.