Produce & Flowers

Khalsa Family Farms

Owner: Scout Edenfield

Address:
10 Narayn Court
Espanola, NM 87532
County

daytime phone: (404) 457-9759
evening phone: (917) 747-6461
Web site: http://khalsafamilyfarms.com

Application Date: 2020-12-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Khalsa Family Farms is a 501c-3 non-profit specializing in education, food security, and land stewardship through sustainable agricultural practices. Though we use organic practices and permaculture principles, it is not really in our cards at the moment to go the certified organic route financially. However, we want to show our community that we are abiding by a set guideline of agricultural ethics and principles. We believe that the CNG guidelines compliments our ethics as a farm and we also appreciate the mission of your certification program.
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? *
Through neighboring farmers while running farms in Georgia and California
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
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
3
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3
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: *
Tilling for early successional planting. After soil is amended and tilled once or twice, we use broad forking to loosen soil.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
fava beans, vetch, oats, ryegrass, legumes, etc.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We have outsourced complete compost before, but out primary source of compost comes from on-site production. We also source alpaca manure from a community member.
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". *
about 1-2 inches per bed applied once per season
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
The president of our non-profit has 6 alpacas at his home, we incorporate their manure into our composting system.
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". *
one wheelbarrow added to compost weekly (about 1/10 of compost)
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
not directly applies
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 incorppoate kelp, yum yum gypsum, rock phosphate, vermiculite, perlite, green sane, bone meal, and lime in our soil on occasion. Seasonal soil tests are done to monitor soil health and quality, and amendments are usually added no more than 3 times a year.
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. *
Bindweed is our biggest issue, with typical pigweed, lambs quarters, sorrel, etc. issues. We use composting, cardboard and wood chip mulching, hand-weeding, and other light-on-the-land strategies for weeding. We aim to end tilling this year to build out soil and decrease bind-weed issues. We use plastic mulching in some areas, but it is pulled up seasonally or in areas away from growing plants (such as around the perimeter of our greenhouse).
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. *
Creating an abundant, wet, ad warm microclimate in a high-desert bioregion results in incredible pest issues. We have had spider mite, squash bug, and aphid infestation this year. We use Integrated Pest Management strategies to combat this. To stay on top of pest management, we use traps and frequent checks (daily) to monitor. We use a variety of biological controls, such as lady bugs, mechanical controls such as proper sanitation and hand-picking, and a rotation of organic chemical pest controls. These include neem oil, diatamaceous earth, organic certified soap sprays, aromatherapy, etc. In the spring when weather permits, we will integrate more beneficial pest predator insects.
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. *
We use integrated crop rotation planning to avoid disease issues, as well as proper spacing and conscious, thoughtful crop planning.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We have acequia rights in the summer. In the winter, what little water is required is used from our well.
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 only source organic, non-GMO seeds. Our main online seed sources are Johnnys, High Mowing, and Baker Creek. We will also occasionally source seeds from local organic or naturally growing farmers or seed swaps.
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. *
peat moss, perlite, lime, kelp, green sand, rock phosphate, and water
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. *
We are almost entirely surrounded by a residential area- with an ashram to our south.

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: