Produce & Flowers

CD&J Mini Ranch

Owner: Cynthia Cook

Address:
29575 Adams Rd
San Benito, TX 78586
Cameron County

daytime phone: (956) 456-9600
evening phone: (956) 399-7146
Web site: http://www.cdjminiranch.com

Application Date: 2020-08-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
CD&J Mini Ranch has been practicing naturally grown applications since beginning our mini farm and ranch. We do not use pesticides; herbicides and we are committed to protecting the water and soil that God has given us for future generations of farmers. We use natural fertilizers by using our goat and chicken dropping along with our own compost. We also want to set an example of how it can be done on a small farm by just a couple workers.
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: *
CNA from 2/28/2020 to present
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
I was looking into becoming an organic farm and ranch. Through learning about that process I found out about CNG program and this fits my CD&J Mini Ranch better.
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? *
I learned to farm by books, trial and error and from other local farmers. I was not a farmer prior to starting CD&J Mini Ranch. I have been raising crops for Farmers Markets for the past two years prior to that I only raised for my family. It is important to me to grown my own produce because I know that I do it in the safest way, by not use synthetic substances, using organic seeds from a reputable seed company, maintaining my soil by using only organic matter to enhance it and not allowing prohibited substances, methods and ingredients in my CNG products.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
10
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:
2
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
10
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
23
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:
Local online through my website

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We tilled when we first started growing vegetables but now we use no till planting where possible. We still disk some areas to loosen the soil but we do not turn it under.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Hay grows year-round but we do no till cow peas, and we are using no till winter wheat.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, grass clippings, newspaper, wood chips
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 in main garden.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
from my dairy goats, rabbits, chickens, and cows.
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 inch deep for each 600 feet
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
late summer
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? *
no
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 garden plastic over our drip system. We mulch around the plants. This has reduced the weed/grass issues tremendously. We hoe or hand pull weekly for weeds that get by our system. before using this system, we had grass and weeds take over my fields.
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 had a problem with worms on our tomatoes and white flies. We used diatomaceous earth for the worms. I sprinkled it around the bottom of the plants after removing the lower branches which took care of that problem. We used Neems oil and non-detergent soapy water for the white flies. This worked well as long as we stayed on them every couple days. worms on our lettuce made us use a netting cover and diatomaceous earth and has helped so much this year.
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. *
I had a what looked like a power mildew on my squash and egg plants. I combined baking soda and liquid non-detergent soap with water and spayed the plants it helped as long as I treated them as soon as I saw the white powder. I had my tomatoes leaves curl up and was told it was from a fly so this year I covered some of my tomatoes with a cloth tunnel. It helped.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Irrigation 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. *
I select my seeds based on what I plan to sell to the CSA and is needed by myself to preserve or sell at farmers markets. I buy my seeds from several sources that sell organic seeds online. Johnnyseeds.com; Baker Creek: Burpee Seeds The Cooks Garden; Seed Savers Exchange.
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 my own potting soil and purchase
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
I use local dirt, sand loam, and compost mix from my own compost. I also buy Vermont organics potting soil. Organic Coconut by products and other OMRI-certified Organic materials
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? *
no
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. *
There are no neighbors to the North, East, West that grow crops. To the South we have a buffer of over 200 ft. from the neighbor that grows cotton and sorghum. We also have a tree line buffer.

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: