Produce & Flowers

Jolly Pond Farm

Owner: Keith Hatch

Long Island, VA

Web site:

Application Date: 2020-09-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We use natural farming practices that go beyond organic methods and we strive for a closed-loop regenerative agriculture system utilizing what is available on our property and foraged from local surrounding areas to benefit the soil, water sheds and plants we grow. We want to share in the benefits of naturally growing and be a part of a community that does so.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
usda certified organic 2009,2010
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Honey Hog farm
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: *
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
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: *
Minimal to low till. We do an initial disturbance to break new ground by broad forking and tilling. Once the ground has been broken, and raised beds created we do our best to not till. Up keep on beds may include broad forking with shallow tilling (tilth). Edges of beds are managed by using a stihl bed edge redefiner. Over all we use a mix of till and no till practices that are bed specific. We do not do large area tillage at all unless we break new ground on garden blocks.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
clover, hairy vetch, buckwheat, rye
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm and purchased complete from mountain gate organics worm casting
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". *
10 yards per year
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
bone meal, crab meal, kelp, neem cake meal, gypsum, alfalfa meal all omri and sourced from 7 springs farm supply (mainly used for our potting soil mixes at the start of the season)
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
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. *
Bermuda grass is our number one enemy when it comes to weeds, he have other common weeds to the south east also. Bermuda is dealt with by making raise beds with grass patches between them which we mow. Then we use our stihl bed edge redefiner and edger attachments on the kombi system to stop the bermuda from creeping in. During peak season we trim the isles once a week. Then we cultivate the raised beds with various hoes as 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. *
Our 3 major pests are Corn ear worms, aphids and thrips. Our first method of control is beneficial bug releases; trichogama for the moths, parasitic wasp and lacewings for the aphids, pirate bugs and beneficial mites for the thrips. In extreme cases where spot spraying would be needed we use grand evo. We also use dyna traps year round. Last and most important we plant 1 full acre of flowers to create an ecosystem for birds and beneficials.
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. *
Under cover we have minor powdery mildew pressure that is normally kept in check with good air flow. botrytis can pop up and if thats the case we toss what is infected. We do foliar sprays using our own ferments; lacto bacillus, oriental herbal nutrients, fermented plant juice and living vinegars. On extreme cases we use omri based Regalia by marrone bio innovations.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well water, we have an incredible aquifer under our property that feeds our 2 acre pond; 5k to 20k gallons daily.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *

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 save as many as possible and replant each year. Other sources include baker creek, johnnys, sow true seed. We use organic from all sources.
Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
Do you grow your own transplants? *
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. *
we use a standard coots mix; coco, rice hulls, worm castings(mountain gate organics), neem cake, kelp, gypsum, crab meal all omri and purchased from 7 springs farm.
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
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? *
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
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 is open pasture of one acrea which we hay. to the east is a wood line which contains 10 acreas of our own land, to the north is our neighbors land with a 200ft buffer; neighbor has a large 20 acre field with a runway which he mows and hays. To the west is 2 acres of pasture which we hay that touches the main access road to the farm.


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. *
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