Produce & Flowers

Blenheim Farm

Owner: Lawrence Latané

Address:
737 Popes Creek Rd.
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
Westmoreland County

daytime phone: (804) 224-7039
evening phone: (804) 224-7039

Application Date: 2020-02-25

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been USDA certified organic since we started in 2000. We are now downsizing our operation to the point that we can no longer justify the expense of organic certification and recently surrendered our organic certification. That said, we still believe in the value of third-party oversite at creating a chemical-free food system. I also like the CNG's philosophy of community-building, which is something that USDA certified organic lacks.
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: *
Certified Organic. Quality Certification Services, 2000 through Feb. 25, 2020
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Growers that we associate with through the Fredericksburg Area CSA Project in Fredericksburg, Va.
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: *
20
Number of above acreage that you own: *
20
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
approximately 60
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
We lease the conventional acreage to a farmer who grows commodity crops, corn, wheat and soybeans.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
20
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: *
Disk and field cultivator. In rare situations turn under heavy cover crops with a moldboard plow.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye, triticale, clover, tillage radish, vetch, winter and field peas, various turnips and radishes.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Source is a passive compost pile here at the farm that receives waste from our packing and washing operations.
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". *
Light top dressings of an inch or so thickness
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Applied poultry litter for the first time last fall on some of the acreage.
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". *
Too dress with tractor's front-end loader for a depth of about an inch
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
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. *
none
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. *
Chickweed, Jimson weed, pig weed, fox tail. Manage these through a combination of tractor cultivation, hand weeding and the use of wheel hoes. In the case of a few crops, mainly sweet potatoes, we plant through plastic mulch which acts as a weed barrier. We also use 100' by 200' black plastic tarps to create a stale seedbed ahead of sowing salad mixes.
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. *
Colorado potato beetle. OMRI-approved pyrethrum sprays have provided effective protection. We use it once hand-picking larvae becomes impractical and when the larvae are still very small. Cabbage moth. We use OMRI-approved dispel after hand-picking the worms become impractical. We also create habitat for beneficial insects throughout our fields by planting flowering crops, such as buckwheat, sunflowers and field peas, and by letting some of our covercrop mixes flower and mature. We also use row cover as a physical barrier to flea beetles and harlequin beetles.
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. *
Our main disease problem is the blights that have begun to affect basil. We have purchased disease-resistant seed, which has become available through High Mowing Seed Co. in the past couple of years that it has been available. We have also focused more on growing Thai basil, which so far has not been as susceptible as the Italian varieties.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Two sources: Our home well which draws water from a deep aquifer for irrigating our hoop houses and to provide overhead water to lettuces and other crops. The second source is a small pond on the farm which provides water for drip irrigation and for overhead spray, if needed to germinate seed sowings in dry weather.
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? *
We buy certified organic sweet potato slips from Quail Cove Farm on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Quail Cove is certified organi
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 east, woods and a deep hedgerow of trees and grasses separates our field from conventional ag land. To the south is forestland. To the north is forestland. To the west is woods and a deep hedgerow of trees and grasses that separates us from a neighboring conventional farm.

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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