Produce & Flowers

Winding Stair

Owner: Katharine Putkowski

Address:
211 Saunders Rd
Franklin, NC 28734
Nc County

daytime phone: (706) 973-1369
evening phone: (706) 973-1369
Web site: http://www.windingstairfarm.com/

Application Date: 2021-02-02

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
To ensure our costumer base is aware of our responsible growing practices.
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? *
Word of mouth.
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: *
2
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:
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: *
Primary tillage system is traditional, tractor based tillage with the use of a harrow, plow and rototiller. Plans to transition to no-till are a part of a 5 year plan.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat, winter rye, southern sudan grass, austrian winter pea, clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
plans for on farm composting program are in place, some purchased complete mushroom compost from north carolina based daddy pete's 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". *
compost application has yet to occur.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
plans for on farm composting program are in place where we hope to use manure that is produced by our existing sheep and egg layer operation.
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". *
compost application has yet to occur.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall
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. *
harmony products purchased from seven springs farm, feather meal,allganic products.
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. *
common annual weeds such as pigweed, chickweed and some grasses are prevalent. we utilize silage tarps and use of hand tools to manage weeds. plans to utilize a cultivating tractor to manage path way weeds are in place. we will utilize stale seed bedding and the need arises.
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 have yet to produce on our new field ,but we're preparing for cabbage looper moth, aphids, cucumber beetles, possibly army worms and other common pests. we will utilize omri approved insecticides such as BT and surround. application rates are based on insecticide instructions and severity of pest pressure.
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. *
again, we have yet to produce on this property other than in 2020 we constructed a high tunnel for tomato production. tomato leaf mold was a huge disease challenge that we faced. applications of biomen a copper product followed at an application rate of once every 10 days. because of our tropical environment, we plan on choosing disease resistant crops and not pushing things out of season.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
professionally dug well constructed by a local well driller.
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 buy all of our seeds from well known suppliers such as johnny's select seeds, osborne seeds, fedco and baker creek seeds. we purchase organic when varieties are available.
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? *
Purchase
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
we purchase all of our seed starting and potting mixes for mcenroe organic farm.
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
we purchase some perennial herb transplants from Hillcrest Nursery.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
n/a
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. *
To the east a steep bank of bamboo seperates the field from a road. This bank is not sprayed by any local road maintenance crews or power companies. We have signs instructing these entities to not spray. To the north is another bank that empties to a road at a point. To the west is a creek. we share this creeks bank with a local hay grower who does not utitilize any sprays or synthetic fertilizers and finally to the south is our plant nursery which does not utilize synthetic chemicals for any reason.

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:
We also manage production of annual vegetable nursery starts for our community and are interested in getting that operation certified as well.