Produce Application

Lavender Rhapsody, LLC

Owner: Cathy Smith

Address:
1439 Highway NN
Bland, MO 65014
Osage County

daytime phone: (573) 639-0871
evening phone: (573) 639-0871

Application Date: 2019-06-23

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Desire to be part of a farming community committed to healthy farming practices. Want to provide our customers with information about our farming practices.
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? *
Through a presentation at the United States Lavender Growers Association in Charleston, SC, January 2019.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
40
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
98% - natural
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Lavender(perennial) plants
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: *
Tractor to plow and till rows to plant lavender. Mulch layer to mound and lay woven ground cover on rows.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
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". *
27.5 lbs per acre/planted 2 acres
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
At 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. *
Powdered lime-27.5 lbs per acre Bonemeal- 27.5 lbs per acre
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. *
We have woven ground cover 4 feet wide in 14 rows where lavender is planted. Lavender plants are planted in large circular holes in cover. We hand weed in/near plants to control weeds. We use a hand weed eater to control weeds near mulch rows.
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. *
We manage spittle bugs on stems of lavender plants by spraying with water. No other primary challenges.
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. *
Humidity and rainfall cause our primary disease challenge- causing roots to stay wet and possible fungi to grow. One way we manage is each lavender plant is planted in a mound 12 inches in height. We also used an organic biological fungicide (Actinovate SP) summer 2018 to combat the fungal challenge. We applied the product according to directions (spraying application) three times - 1 x in July, 1x August and 1x September 2018.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water was used to irrigate the lavender during the first and second summer. After plants are in third summer, no irrigation is used.
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? *
Morford Lavender Farm, Kanopolis, KS
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Site visitation and discussion about propagation techniques.
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). *
N/A
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. *
To the west, north, and south wooded area separates us from the neighbor's field by 2000 feet. To the east, 300 feet separating us from closest residental home and road. Across the road is a hay field (400 feet separating lavender crop from hay field).

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. *
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