Produce & Flowers

Rare Breed Farms

Owner: Kiley & Tabitha Findley

Address:
12234 W Killabrew Rd
Hulbert, OK 74441-3703
Cherokee County

daytime phone: (832) 457-0091
Web site: http://rarebreedfarms.com

Application Date: 2020-12-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I feel like this certification will set us apart from other farmers at our local market, and will give customers added trust and security in 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? *
In a workshop with The Looney Farm that I attended earlier this year
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 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
All
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
None
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
half acre
Fruit Crops:
half acre
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: *
No tilling
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
field peas, winter rye, oats, buckwheat, red clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm composted manure, hay, leaves, and clippings.
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". *
6 wheelbarrow loads per 150sq ft, 2-3 in. deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We have cow, chicken, goat, sheep manure from our farm and get cow and horse manure from from a local farm
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". *
6 wheelbarrow loads per 150sq ft, 2-3 in. deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring through 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. *
We use a liquid fish emulsion 2 - 4 times in a growing season. Typically for tomatoes, eggplant, and brassicas, if they seem to need a boost
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. *
mostly johnson grass, bermuda grass, and native grasses. We have to hand pull the johnson grass, but we use landscape fabric, weeding tools, flame weeding, and silage tarps to help smother weeds. And still occasional hand pulling
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. *
aphids, blister beetles, squash bugs, grasshoppers, cabbage worms, tomato horn worms We hand pick 1 - 3 times a day, and companion planting if possible. Also, Surround, BT, Pyganic, Insecticidal soap,and bug netting. And a homemade mix of garlic, onion, cayenne, apple cider vinegar spray. We use the sprays and insecticides every 2 weeks or as needed. And we don't begin using them until we see there is a need, trying to hold off as long as possible.
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 which we have treated with a milk mixture, baking soda mixture, or diluted hydrogen peroxide. And making sure there is good circulation. For blight, we would use a copper based fungicide and clean up all of the affected leaves or stems or even pull the plant entirely
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use our 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 Johnny's Select, Baker Creek, High Mowing Seeds, Pinetree Garden Seeds, Morgan County Seeds,True Leaf Market, Clear Creek Seeds. We try to use Organic if possible and never select GMO 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? *
We purchase any organic potting mix we can find locally
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Miracle Gro Organics, organic micracle gro raised bed soil
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. *
All of the acreage surrounding us on the North and West sides are heavily wooded, the South and East side are wooded with some cattle grazing land and no chemical treatment at all. No conventional growing at all here, only small family gardens. The Southwest corner across the road grows nursery plants, they are about 3/4 of a mile away from our garden area and bordered by trees. We have 80 acres total that we own and an create a boundary if need be.

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:
Our livestock eat hay we cut on our own farm, there are no chemicals involved, so the manure we use from our livestock and the hay we use for mulch and compost has no chemical residue