Produce Application

Half Moon Farm

Owner: Jenni Vaughan

Address:
1210 N 54th Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Washington County

Mailing Address:
2767 E Joyce Blvd
Fayetteville, AR 72703

daytime phone: (501) 743-8993

Application Date: 2020-01-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have worked on CNG farms in the past and feel strongly that I hold my own farm business to the same standards. It it important to me that my customers know how their food is being grown. CNG is a great tool for holding farmers accountable for their growing practices. I desire to promote soil health and biodiversity while minimizing pollution and the degradation of natural resources.
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? *
I have worked on CNG farms in the past and been apart of the peer-review audits.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/4 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1/4 acre
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1/4 acre
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
I use a tiller or disk implement to work up soil at the beginning of the season. To minimize tillage I use a broad fork and hand tools as much as possible. I also avoid keeping the earth bare and incorporate organic matter to keep from compaction and reduce tillage.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Crimson clover, annual rye grass, buckwheat, winter peas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
City of Fayetteville Compost - made from plant matter
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". *
2-3 inch layer per 1/4 acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
heat treated chicken litter
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". *
18 pounds per 300 square feet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Before the season starts
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. *
Greensand once before the start of the season
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. *
Johnson and Bermuda grass are my biggest problems. Hand weeding or hoeing, straw mulch, landscape fabric, weed-eat to keep grass low, plant in a way that will create canopy cover. I do not use any inputs.
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. *
Squash bugs, harlequin bug, cabbage looper, cucumber beetle. I manage by hand-picking and using diatomaceous earth, b.t., neem oil, and spinosad. For about 2 months of the year I will apply once every week. For the rest of the season I rely on handpicking.
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. *
Mildews on squashes, cucumber, basil, orka; fungal disease on tomatoes and peppers - to prevent or maintain, I remove infected foliage and dispose, or spray with neem or serenade. If the damage becomes widespread, I will apply neem or serenade once a week.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
I use city water.
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? *
yes
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
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. *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
A local nursery - Parks Brothers
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes
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. *
Properties adjacent to growing area include other CNG farms.There are trees lining the entire property. To the west (about 200 yards) there is a line of trees and a dirt road. To the east, there is >10 acres of prairie land then a line of trees before coming to the next property. To the north there are >10 acres of CNG farm plots. To the south there is ~5 acres of prairie land before a line a trees and a 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: