Produce & Flowers

Chatham Flower Farm

Owner: Kate Fitzpatrick

Address:
31094 Boggs RD
Painter, VA 23420
Accomack County

Web site: http://www.chathamfarm1770.com

Application Date: 2020-04-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We practice organic & natural methods with all of our flowers. We are looking to add this certification to not only show our customers the commitment to organic/natural practices , but also educate them as well, on the benefits to them and our environment.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
yes
If yes, please note which certification and agency: *
American Grown Flowers
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Through our friends and CNG farmers at Perennial Roots Farm in Accomac 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: *
3.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
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:
Small business in our local area, Florists, Rooted Farmers (for flower growers), The Floral Source

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We use a hand tiller to create our beds initially, After that we use NO Till practices, by use of Silage tarps
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Crimson Clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Certified Organic Mushroom 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". *
On average we use 2" per bed( our beds are 50'x50')
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. *
Fox Farm Big Bloom Plant Food- Bat Guano , earthworm castings Fox Farm Bush Doctor Kelp Me Kelp You - Seaweed/ extractAscophyllum Nodosum
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 have wire Crab grass, Henbit, Nut grass,Chickweed, Purslane...not all bad , but zap key nutrients for blooming flower. We utilize a 30 yr landscape fabric (3.7ml) on all beds for the season. In our perennial bed, this fabric stays down however all year . We control with fabric, No Till methods using silage tarps and solarization, hand weeding and Apple Cider Vinegar, Epsom Salt if needed.
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. *
Slugs- go after the Dahlias...we utilize Diatomaceus Earth if needed . However, the black landscape fabric has kept them at bay surprisingly. Japanese Beetles - Dahlias...we use organza jewelry bags on the buds and blooms until cutting time. Aphids - Neem Oil Stink Bug- row cover, soapy water Thrips- Neem Oil Catepilars (various) - BT **all are only used when needed and usually 2-3 days or weekly if issue persists
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. *
Powdery Mildew - Neem Oil and baking soda in water Black spot & Botrytis- Serenade Garden Organic ** Used only if needed.
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 use either organic seed or biodynamic seed sources. Johnny's select Seed Savers Exchange Uprising Seeds
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? *
Mix our own
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Certified Organic Mushroom Compost 1/3, 1/3 our own soil from beds, 1/3 Espoma Organic Peat Moss
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. *
We grow only naturally, never use any agents of any kind
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
no
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
Tomato grower near one of our back field beds (about 120 ft)- fertilizer, herbicide...not sure of exact products. They actually do not spray if wind is coming out of the West or Northwest or if I am out there physically. We try to work together with them in less exposure.
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. *
Wooded area to North in front and back portion of property (house is in between) Woods contain many mature trees, Shrubs and a wide, thick border of juniper. Wooded area to south and also a 6 acre open fallow grass field. No crops to south, only to west and to the North. Road to the east. Crops (rotating wheat & corn)across road in front of property facing East, have a large thick hedge of Privet type shrub. At least 300 feet away from crops.

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 a Specialty Cut Flower Farm specifically, while we do grow some herbs for customers and to add to bouquet arrangements. We have been in business three years on same property which is historic and has many native plants to the Eastern Shore Region that are over 100 years old