Produce & Flowers

Phoenix Farms LLC

Owner: Robin Brown

Address:
1688 Sunshine Rd
Davis, OK 73030
Murray County

daytime phone: (405) 973-8932
evening phone: (405) 973-8932
Web site: http://www.phoenixfarmsok.com

Application Date: 2020-12-16

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We beleive in producing food without the chemicals that are so prevalent in conventional farming, not only for the health of our customers, but for the health of our soil and the environment.
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? *
The Looney Farm in Oklahoma and Honeytree Farms in North Carolina.
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: *
1-2 acres
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:
100%
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: *
Low till. We use an initial till to break ground and shape beds, then transition to no till.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Texas Pure Products, certified organic 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". *
1/2 inch per bed
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We rotate our chickens through our unused beds at least 150 days prior to planting.
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". *
minimal
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
late fall/winter
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. *
Tennessee Brown rock, Azomite, alfalfa meal, fish emulsion, liquid kelp, all OMRI certified. Brown rock, azomite and alfalfa meal are initailly applied at rates indicated from our soil test. Fish emulsion and kelp are used minimally as indicated by the plant.
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. *
Bermuda grass, Johnson grass, briars, crab grass, chickweeed, green carpetweed, purslane. We cultivate and use UV treated silage tarps and weed mat. We also use a flame weeder to prevent weed seeds from germinating on newly prepped beds.
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. *
Blister beetles, aphids, grasshoppersm, squash bugs, harlequin beetles, tomato hornworms, and army worms. We cover young crops with insect netting allowing them time to become established. We also use beneficial nematodes and parasitic wasps to control pest pessure. In rare cases we use pyganic to control major infestations.
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, donwy mildew, and leaf spot. Neem oil and moisture control.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Rural 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 prefer to order organic seed that has resistance to any if our known fungal/bacterial issues. We order both from Johnnys Selected Seeds and High Mowing Seeeds.
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? *
yes
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Promix Organic seed starting mix; sphagnum peet moss, vermiculite, organic matter
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? *
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.) *
There is an arial spray company that operates in our part of the state. We have contacted them and they are aware of our farm's practices and have promised to use caution. We have not had any issues yet, but there is the potential.
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. *
To the north, east, and south we have a minimum half mile buffer. To the west, we are 30 yards from the road and on the other side of the road is a cow pasture.

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:
This is our third season to grow and hold a CSA membership. We are aiming for 100 members this year.