Produce & Flowers

Tiny Bridge Farm

Owner: Ed Graves

Address:
Hendersonville, NC

Web site: http://tinybridgefarm.com

Application Date: 2021-01-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been growing organically at our farm for three years and are wanting to pursue organic certification but the administrative hurdles are too much to manage this growing season on top of expanding our production.
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 our involvement with the Organic Growers School based in Western 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: *
7
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
7
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
5
Fruit Crops:
2
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:
regional agricultural marketing nonprofit, local buying clubs and food pantries

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Walk-behind tractors with rotary plow, riding tractor with discs
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
rye, clover, oats, peas, buckwheat, sorghum/sudangrass, cowpeas, broad beans
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased complete, approved for organic agriculture from local commercial producer
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". *
8-10 cubic yards/acre (about 80 whellbarrow loads)
Do you use Manure? *
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 purchase soil amendments approved for organic farm use from Seven Springs Farm in Virginia or locally when available: Harmony 5-4-3 Organic Fertilizer, Naturesafe Organic Fertilizer 13-0-0, and occassionally Alfalfa meal or Feather meal. We use agricultural lime from our local feed store each year but based on our soil tests, we have not needed to use rock phosphate or other minerals, just nitrogen and compost.
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. *
Strictly cultural controls of weeds: hand tools, mowing, mulching, silage tarps, and flame weeding. Persistent weeds include dock, motherwort, chickweed, purslane, deadnettle, galinstoga, summer broadleaf weeds. We do not do much mechanical cultivation at this point.
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 control flea beetles, cabbage moths, and squash bugs with floating row covers, and some biweekly sprays of OMRI-approved spinosad as plants get bigger on the brassicas only. For squash bugs we try to grow resistant varieties and remove crop residues. For pepper weevils we rotate the fields and mow under crop residues. We kill squash bugs and tomato worms.
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 try to manage plant disease through cultural controls and soil fertility. We add lots of compost for healthier plants that are less susceptible to disease. We take care to keep water off tomatoes through drip irrigiation, mulches, and overhead tunnels. We try our best to sanitize stakes and row covers and practice good sanitation with seeds, preferring treated organic seeds if available, selecting DMR and PM resistant varieties from reputable vendors, and doing less seed saving. OMRI-approved copper sulfate sprays are applied biweekly to tomatoes when fungal disease is reported in our area, and we are proactive about spraying with compost teas made from comfrey and fish emulsion for plant health.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We dry farm a large field with no irrigation, our intensive market garden irrigation comes from our private well, and our plant starts are watered with City of Hendersonville tap 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 order from 5-6 organic seed suppliers (Johnny's, Fedco, Osborne, High Mowing, Southern Exposure) and we purchase organic seed unless it is not 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 use Dirtcraft Organics Gravity Growers Mix, approved for use in organic agriculture: Coco Coir, Organic Compost, Aged Bark Fines, Perlite, Diatomite, Feather Meal, Bone Meal, Gypsum.
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? *
Banner Greenhouses in Nebo, NC, another Certified Naturally Grown and Certified Organic vendor
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). *
None
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 north of our main wholesale field is a housing development with catchment ponds for runoff and connected to city sewer. To the west there is a wildlife area and marshy wetlands for 300 or so feet. To the west there is a creek about 100 from the planted area, and in the main field we leave that in wildflowers, grasses and cover crop, in the more intensive market field we have planted a riparian buffer of elderberries and river birch. There is a road between the main field and the market field with a 100 foot buffer and drainage on either side of the road.

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. *
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