Produce Application

Drunken Cabbage Farm LLC

Owner: Jessica Kesler

Address:
3007 105th St E
Palmetto, FL 34221
Manatee County

daytime phone: (727) 303-1113
evening phone: (727) 303-1113
Web site: http://www.drunkencabbagefarm.com

Application Date: 2019-11-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been a regenerative urban hobby farm and homestead for three years now and have decided to move full time into farming with our start being winter season here in Florida 2019/2020. We would like to showcase this certification for customers and other farmers alike as we believe strongly that good agricultural practices and commitment to regenerative and natural growing practices is critical.
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? *
Other producers

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1.08
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/4
Fruit Crops:
0
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:
Online store via our website to deliver direct to local customers who purchase from us

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No-till
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.): *
We have a relationship with Big Earth Landscaping and we purchase their organic compost. We also compost on our farm using our chicken manure from our small urban farm flock who are organically fed and non-GMO.
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". *
We have 5x7 raised beds in our market garden and use 6 inches of finished compost as part of our no-till system for each bed. Right now we have two beds and will be expanding throughout winter 2020
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. *
We use an organics line called Nectar of the Gods from Oregon's Only which contains kelp, crab and shrimp, feather and bone meal and soybean meal, and limestone and worm castings as their core ingredients. For help with germination and our microgreens, we only use a small amount of the "Zeus juice" which is kelp and humic acid and a light dusting (1 TBSP or less in 10x20 trays) of azomite powder in the soil to help prevent mold. With our larger veggies we amend the soil prior to planting with One Shot Granules from Nectar of the Gods and once a week give a liquid feed of Nectar's blend that has feather meal, bone meal, and worm castings. We also use Mykos Pure Mycorrhizal inoculation when we are transplanting starters or planting directly into our raised beds.
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? *
no
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. *
For our outdoor market garden, when we first are building a raised bed we will use large amounts of mulch and cardboard to smoother as much of the grass seeds and weeds as possible. We use quality compost and soil for each bed build. Since we are no-till farn we take care of the weeds as they pop up manually without chemicals or spays. We will manually pull them out and we check every 24-48 hours our bed to make sure they are weed free. We also are careful with what we compost and do our best to not compost any materials that have weed seeds in them. For our microgreens we do not have a weed problem as we are sowing 10x20 trays with new soil each time and not allowing the plants to be exposed to areas where weeds can develop.
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. *
The biggest issue is fire ants (imported red) in our area. Luckily I do not find them in my raised beds but they are common on our farm. I use the organic method for destroying nest promoted by Doctor Dirt which includes boiling water or for invasive nests near our chickens we make an organic pour with Liquid Humus, Organic Orange Oil, Molasses, and Liquid Dish Soap. This is only on our field and not near our garden area. Anything near our crops we use boiling filtered water. Other pests include white flies which mostly we find on our peppers- in the past we have used organic neem oil to control them. We also use shade cloth and netting around our beds to support our veggies from flying pests.
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. *
Root rot and mold is very common due to our hot weather and humidity. We do our best to use proper drip irrigation and the design of our raised beds to support proper drainage. For our microgreens we use 3% food grade hydro peroxide for seed soak and during initial germination to support any potential mold issues.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use our own municipal water from our home since we live on our farm, however it is fully filtered with a commercial filtration system we had installed last year to pull out sediment, metals, chlorine, and the water is also softened with a water softener. We also have an RO system for our delicate crops and some of our microgreens that we use that comes from inside our home.
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

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
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
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. *
Our market garden is enclosed in a fully fenced in area at least 50 feet to the closet neighbor that also is divided by a tree line and additional wooden fencing on their property. We also are on a elevated area where run off from our neighbors does not penetrate our area. We also grow in raised beds that are at minimum 12 inches deep and are continuing over the next two months to add additional land modifications to protect our crops from any ground based intrusions (swales, trenching) We also use screens/plastic to protect our crops from airborne contamination. All microgreens and dedicates are grow in individual 10x20 trays that are cleaned, sanitized and contained in an indoor grow room or an outdoor patio area that is also screened and elevated.

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:
2020 will be our first year as a full time working farm and we hope to be able expand to more land in the near future.