Produce & Flowers

Harvest Table Farm

Owner: Jonny & Erin Root

Address:
28413 Smyth Chapel Rd
Meadowview, VA 24361
Washington County

daytime phone: (907) 802-1607
evening phone: (240) 604-9046
Web site: http://www.harvesttablerestaurant.com

Application Date: 2020-04-02

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are part of the movement of growing food by the principles of nature and wish to be affiliated with others doing the same. We see the Certified Naturally Grown program as a network that we wish to be part of, and we want our buyers to feel safe and informed when purchasing our produce.
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? *
Researching online about alternative ways to connect with farmers and resources to grow food more regeneratively.
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: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1.5
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
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: *
We currently use a little push behind tractor but are moving toward no till and the use of a broadfork.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Various mixes ordered from Johnny's Seeds, including, alfalfa, clover, oats, peas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We use as much compost that we can make on site and source from other sites that have organic compost, ie, the Bristol dump and Wolf Farm Natural Elements
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". *
2-4 inches
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
The organic compost we get from Wolf farm natural elements has cow manure in it. We also have a chicken tractor we rotate throughout the year and we amend our soil with organic worm castings.
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 of compost that includes manure
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
spring, summer, 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. *
Harmony Ag. Organic (5-4-3 with 9% Calcium) We apply to our beds before planting
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 use silage tarps throughout the year to create a stale seed bed before we plant. We plant our crops very close together to allow less space for weeds to grow. We are trying brown biodegradable paper with holes in it to plant bigger crops like brassicas. We use landscape fabric on the outer edges of our plots to prevent grass clippings from flying in. Our pathways are ditches dug with a layer of cardboard and apply 6-8 in of mulch on top. After that, all of our weeding is done by hand.
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 are utilizing the perimeters of our beds to grow beneficial flowers to help keep the pests away. We practice crop rotation to trick the previous years' pests from coming back by planting other crops that specific pest does not like. We practice companion planting as well. In our high tunnels we have introduced the ladybugs to combat aphids. We also use row covers.
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 first defense against disease challenges is our practice of growing nutrient dense, rich, healthy soil full of microbes and organic matter. We cover crop to help with soil fertility and to reduce problems with soil borne diseases that can overwinter. We focus on watering the base and not the leaves of our plants via drip irrigation. To tackle early blight we remove all the leaves and suckers at the bottom part of the plant to help with air flow.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We irrigate our crops with county water and also use water from our creek and spring.
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? *
Virginia Cooperative Extension from VA Tech and VA State University, Wolf Farm Natural Elements
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
We confirmed that they are growing organic seeds using organic 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 South 50 yards from our fields is a private road that leads to our neighbors house and a forested mountain ridge, to the west there is the main road that is 200 yards from our fields, to the North, the closest neighbors we have are 500 yards and they are not cultivating their fields, and to the East, there are mountains and fields 200 yds from our fields that our neighbor's sheep occasionally graze.

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:
The Harvest Table Farm has been in organic method production for ten years and we started leasing the farm in Feb 2020. We have been in direct contact with the previous farm manager and the farm owner to confirm the past practices have been in accordance with the CNG. They cover cropped, used organic compost, organic seeds, tackled pests with all organic methods. The farm has been in light production and mostly cover cropped over the last two years while the owner was finding a new farm manager. I have been using all of the above methods thus far this year, and at numerous farms that I have lived and worked in the past, worldwide. Looking forward to growing roots here at the Harvest Table Farm with my new family of three.