Produce Application

Bluegrass Blessings Farms & Apiary

Owner: Chris Chamberlain

Address:
680 Tucker Road
Lebanon, KY 40033
Marion County

daytime phone: (502) 600-1004
Web site: http://www.bbfarmky.com

Application Date: 2019-12-12

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
CNG aligns with my own personal philosophy in regard to farming, livestock management, and responsible environmental management practices. I am already growing and raising my products in CNG compliance (except maybe the record keeping) so I figure I should gain some marketing edge to recognized by the public for what I am already doing. Additionally, I have met another CNG farmer who very forthright and helpful. I really appreciated that and hope to gain and participate in other similar farmer relationships.
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? *
Internet

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: *
16
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.5
Fruit Crops:
.5
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
1
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Honey and other honeybee products
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: *
Till once on unplanted ground, build raised beds, and use broad fork and power harrow from that point on.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Cereal Rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On Farm, Local Goat Farmer, Wood Chips, Local Nursery. Starting this coming season, the soil health will be built using only crop crop biomass and wood chips. Starting in 2020, there will be no more off-farm compost brought in.
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". *
1 - 2 inches across 30" beds
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local goat farmer
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". *
1" across 1,125' asparagus bed
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Late Fall
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. *
Lime - applied based on soil test results. Future applications will only be applied when soil tests dictate so. Soil tests are planned for each fall.
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? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
Summer of 2018, battling Johnson Grass when the field was unplanted.
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. *
Too many weeds to count or name as this field was recently unplanted. The earlier mentioned Johnson Grass and Pigweed were a problem however they seem to have been relatively killed back. All weed control will start with the previous fall's cover crop, then flame weeding the beds just before planting and just before seed emergence, intensive crop spacing, covering exposed ground (partially planted rows) with landscape fabric, straw or wood chip mulching, hand or hoe weeding for those persistent weeds that survive the other methods.
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. *
Japanese beetles have been the most obvious and most damaging pest thus far. Entire apple crop was decimated in 2017. 2018 we used the Spectracide beetle trap bags to trap the beetles. We filled two bags nearly everyday June - July. Once a bag was full we placed it in a deep freezer for 2 days. We then dumped the bugs out for the chickens to eat and hung the bag again. Caught and "recycled" thousands upon thousands of bugs in this manner. Repeated process in 2019 but had nearly no pressure. We only filled one bag worth all season. If the pattern holds, we have this pest manageable.
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. *
Blossom Rot in tomatoes. Very poor year for tomatoes (2019) with many underdeveloped fruits and many with end rot. Calcium levels in the soil will be checked and supplementally added if necessary. More importantly however, there was no irrigation and water application was sporadic and sparse. Drip irrigation will be installed (already purchased) for 2020 and consistent water application should help more than the potential for a calcium shortage.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
City
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. *
The north side of the crop field is buffered by about 50' of wild growth and then a 2 acre lake. The east side is blocked by a knob covered by woods. The south is blocked by a knob covered by woods. The west is varied terrain that is 15 of my 16 acres I manage myself.

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: