Produce & Flowers

West Glow Farm

Owner: Max Spurlin

Address:
1090 Old Brush Creek Rd
Kingston Springs, TN 37082-8144
Cheatham County

Web site: http://www.westglowfarm.com/

Application Date: 2021-05-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am applying because I believe in sustainable and regenerative growing practices and believe that by certifying through CNG I can guarantee that I am following the best practices to achieve that.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
I have managed a certified organic farm in the past. This current farm is already CNG certified and I would like to continue that.
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Through other farmers, more specifically the previous farm manager.
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: *
.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.4
Fruit Crops:
.1
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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:
Local Meal Kit Company and Non-Profit Meal Service for Cancer Patients

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
BCS Rototiller and Harrow
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oats and Peas, Buckwheat
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". *
40 gallons per 150 square foot bed
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. *
Revita Pro 5-4-5 Fertilizer at 4 lb. per 150 square foot bed.
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. *
Large amounts of grass. Consistent weeding, with occasional hand weeding to remove large root systems. Tarping beds before planting. Using landscape fabric on long standing crops in problem areas.
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 and Potato Beetles. Row cover goes over all brassicas, as well as any other vulnerable crops. Removed consistently to weed and monitor the crops. Potato beetles are maintained by weekly checks and knocking off my hand into buckets.
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. *
Bacterial Wilt and Blight. Keep cucurbits covered as long as possible with row cover to limit cucumber beetle damage which should limit bacterial wilt. Also planting successions so I can pull diseased plants right away. For blight, limit leaf moisture when possible and never working with solanaceae crops when wet. Also consistent pruning and trellising to increase air flow.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
West Old Brush Creek River, filtered.
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. *
I start by looking at Johnnys and High Mowing. From there if my seed choice isn't available I will search around to smaller producers that are still certified organic. If I can't find that variety in those locations I will switch to a similar variety that is supplied organically.
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? *
Purchase
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Berger OM 2 Peat Moss, Perlite, Vermiculite, Dolomitic and Calcitic Limestone, Organic Wetting Agent, Pelletized Natural Fertilization. OMRI Listed
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. *
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? *
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. *
No crops are grown on surrounding properties. Fields are 20 feet or more from the road.

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: