Produce Application

Berrie’s Bees & Blooms

Owner: Beth Berrie

Address:
4144 Halltown Rd
Hartly, DE 19953
Kent County

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

Application Date: 2020-02-29

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We began our journey into starting our specialty crop lavender farm with the intention of being able to produce our own organic/natural essential oil for our youngest son, who has mild traumatic brain injury and suffers from health issues associated with post concussive syndrome. In an attempt to be more mindful of living healthier, we started our own small backyard organic layer flock. We have added honeybees once again to our farm, after about a 12 year lapse. We Love attracting various wildlife and pollinators to our 5+ acre log cabin homestead, and as such, are a Certified Wildlife Habitat, Butterfly Garden, Monarch Garden, & Monarch Weigh Station. We are members of the DE Nature Society, the Xerces Society, NWF, USLGA, & DE Farm Bureau. We partner with the NABA, Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, Pollinator Partners, & S.H.A.R.E. Staying away from chemicals is so important to us that we purchased all of our lavender plants from a Certified Organic farm in CO, entailing a flight out there, renting a truck and building it out to drive our precious cargo back across the country!
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? *
United States Lavender Growers Association (USLGA) national conference info session

General Farm Information

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











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Craft, culinary, and essential oil items produced from CNG lavender
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 retail and agritourism businesses

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Tilled compost into each individual row of each separate plot the winter before organic plants were planted
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.): *
On farm only
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”
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On farm only
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”
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Winter
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. *
N/A
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. *
Buttercups and dandelions have been a problem. We either pull by hand or dig them up. We plan to also try to use a layer of crushed locally sourced oyster shells in the individual strips of each plot, with organic clover/pasture grass in between the strips and plots.
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. *
Insect challenges: spittle bugs, grasshoppers, aphids, and moles Controlled by: naturally occurring “good” insects and birds, spraying off with a shot of water (the spittle bugs), and allowing organically raised guinea fowl and chickens from our farm to peruse the lavender plots under supervision.
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. *
Phytophthora root and crown rot is one of the worst possible diseases lavender can get. The best way to avoid it is to buy your plants from a reputable source (preferably certified organic or NG), that has had their soil tested for the spores, and employs meticulous allowable disinfecting procedures for all implements and areas where they have started their plant cuttings. These spores follow water trails, thus we have opted to avoid drip lines, and instead water each plant by sprayer. Other ways to avoid diseases in lavender is to not over water, leave Plenty of room between plants to allow for air movement, remove all plant debris, and trim plants to encourage healthy new growth.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well, most recently tested by State of Delaware 2/20
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? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Purchased all p,ants from a Certified Organic Farm (Sage Creations Organic Farm, llc, Palisade, CO)
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
The farm is a Certified Organic Farm, & as such, uses managed practices.
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 west, our neighbors corn/soybean field is approximately 100 ft away from our closest lavender plot, being separated by open land, a fresh water tax ditch roughly 8 ft deep, & an established 30-40 yr old dense hardwood tree line. About 35+ ft to the north of our plots is a two lane road, separated from the plots by a shallow wet weather ditch approximately 2 ft deep, our property, and an established 19 yr old pear and crepe myrtle tree line and our fence line. To the east of our lavender field our property is separated from our neighbor’s residential yard by a 10 ft easement before the fence line to our additional field of about 1.5 acres, plus an additional fence line, a 19 yr old Green Giant evergreen tree line wind barrier and an additional wet weather fresh water drainage ditch approximately 20 ft across and 5 ft deep. To the south of our lavender field sits our homestead. It contains approximately 1/2 acre of land, split in two by a 30+ yr old pine tree line wind barrier.

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:
We are committed to growing our lavender without the use of prohibited chemicals of any type, while utilizing natural means for pest and disease control. Further, we are committed to maintaining the rest of our property and homestead in a manner that encourages and protects pollinators and wildlife. These earth friendly methods extend to our bee hives and organic egg layers.