Produce & Flowers

Sweet Betsy Farm

Owner: Karen Speer

Address:
3947 MUDCUT RD
Marion, NC 28752
Mc dowell County

daytime phone: (828) 925-4444
evening phone: (828) 925-4444
Web site: http://www.sweetbetsyfarm.com

Application Date: 2021-02-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are committed to providing our community with high quality produce and honey by limited use of organically approved chemicals and responsible farming practices. Sustainable agriculture tries to find a good balance between the need for food production and the preservation of the ecological system within the environment. By producing a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, eggs and honey with minimal intervention, Sweet Betsy Farm is able to protect our land, nurture our honey bees and provide high quality food for our customers. The Certified Naturally Grown program provides our customers with an added level of confidence in their food and their farmer.
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? *
We have known about Certified Naturally Grown for many years and decided when we expanded our produce production, certification is a step we want to take.
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: *
.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.5
Fruit Crops:
.1
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We use a low/no till system using tilling only during the initial prep of beds.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat and Clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Compost made on the farm from garden materials
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 inches deep on beds
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local Goat 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". *
2 yards for 100 sq feet
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. *
Dolomite Lime - applied 0.5 ton/acre in fall per recommendation from NCDA&CS Soil sample report. Gypsum applied as per recommended on soil report. Will be amending with mix of Harmony 5-4-3, OMRI approved, Fertilizer, Azomite, Alfalfa Meal and Feather Meal with each successive planting.
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. *
We use plastic mulch in both the planting beds and walkways which is removed at the end of the season. We also will be using biodegradable mulch for tomatoes and peppers. We will also be utilizing a fire weeding approach on some of our 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. *
Squash bugs, Hornworms, Cabbage worms and flea beetles are our primary pests. We currently utilize Neem Oil and BT in a very limited method as needed for these challenges and manually pick off tomato hornworms. Last summer we used each of these products only a few times.
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. *
Tomato blight and powdery mildew are our primary diseases. We combat both by using drip irrigation and will be using tunnels to provide controlled exposure for the tomatoes. We use hydrogen Peroxide sprays for powdery mildew when needed, only. (4 ounces 3% Hydrogen peroxide to 1 Gallon Water) We also prune to allow adequate air flow between plants and choose varieties which are known to be more resistant.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water and Rain Barrel
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. *
Seeds obtained from Baker Creek primarily. For seeds not available through that supplier, we utilize a variety of seed suppliers including Sow True Seeds, Botanical Interests and Johnny's 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? *
Purchase
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Miracle Grow Organic Potting Mix as well as Promix when available.
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 who is CNG certified
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
They are CNG certified
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. *
Crops are at least several hundred feet from closest road to the South. Neighbor to the west is a church which has 8+ acres which are unfertilized mowed field. North is wooded and we own the land to the east for several hundred feet.

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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