Produce & Flowers

Mountainwise Farm

Owner: Casey Jordaan

Address:
501 Lucky Ln
Zionville, NC 28698
Watauga County

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

Application Date: 2020-03-28

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We would like to apply for naturally grown certification, to further verify our farming practices to our customers and promote our farming values
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 Farmers
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: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
15
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3/4
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
1/4
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
medicinal herbs - specifically Ashwagandha
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: *
Permanent raised beds using minimal tillage with a bcs power harrow
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
vetch, winter peas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
leaf mulch, purchased bulk certified organic compost
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 deep
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. *
harmony chicken manure, thorvine kelp meal, fish emulsion, gypsum, rock phosphate
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. *
we see annual weed seed germination and address that with early and frequent cultivation using hand tools, we also use landscape fabric for around our tunnels. Our most common perennial weeds we find in the garden is horse nettle, milk weed, and winter cress
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. *
We see cabbage moths, flea beetles and aphids as our primary pest challenges. From aphids we find that growing in tunnels and managing soil health help, flea beetles are addressed with row cover and growing in tunnels, cabbage moths are addressed by scouting for eggs and caterpillars, we use Bt as a last resort. Deer are also a problem - we grow vulnerable crops in tunnels or cver with row cover at night.
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 primary disease challenge is mildew on cucurbits - we use landscape fabric to prevent soil splash back, manage soil health and spray Milstop and Cease in rotation
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well 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. *
We purchase seed from Johnnys, High Mowing and Osborne Seeds - at this time about 80% of our purchased seeds are Organic.
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? *
purchase
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
we use a variety depending on what is available at our local farm supply, but generally prefer a compost based potting mix, we have used: - Daddy Pete’s Sea and Farm: Composted Cow Manure, Sphagnum Peat Moss, Premium Aged Pine Bark Fines, Perlite, Sandy Loam, Oyster Shell, Oceanic Fish Meal, Crab Meal, Shrimp Meal, Earthworm Castings, Fossilized Bat Guano, Kelp Meal - Daddy Pete’s Pete-lite (organic): Aged pine bark, peat moss, perlite which we mix with Daddy Pete's Composted Cow Manure (organic) - Daddy Pete’s Potting Mix (organic): composted cow manure, pine bark, perlite, gypsum
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. *
n/a
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Banner Greenhouse in Nebo, NC
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes they are Organic certified transplants
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. *
Our gardens and farm is surrounded by at least 50- 100 ft on trees/wood line on at least 3 sides of all our garden spaces, our gardens are at least 15 acres away from the nearest main road, our farm is located at then end of a gravel road - our gardens are at least 100 feet from our driveway separated by pasture and trees

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: