Produce & Flowers

Charles Creek Farm

Owner: Matt Burks

Address:
1011 Kirby Rd
Mc Minnville, TN 37110
Warren County

Mailing Address:
991 Kirby Rd
McMinnville, TN 37110

Web site: http://charlescreekfarm.com/

Application Date: 2021-03-30

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a small farm just getting started and we believe having the CNG certification will reinforce our views of clean growing with our customers.
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? *
Other farmers
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: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0 (family land)
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.5
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: *
Initial tilling to break up the ground, then no-till, broadfork then tilther as needed.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Peas, vetch, other legumes. SCD Bio Ag - Microbial Inoculant.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased complete, will be on farm in the future
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". *
10 5-gal buckets per 50 ft 30" beds
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. *
Azomite Granular, Feather Meal, Granulated Phosphorus, SOP K Sulfate (Allganic), Allganic Nitrate + SQM, Herbruck's 4-3-2,. All organic and all primarily used in initial bed prep. Nature's Source Organic Plant Food 3-1-1, AgroThrive Liquid, used in drip system on an as needed basis.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
yes
If yes, as per the Certification regulations, it is acceptable to apply chelated chemical fertilizers to correct specifical micronutrient imbalances as listed on a recent soil test. Does the application of this fertilizer meet those requirements? *
no
If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates: *
13-13-13 on hay that was grown in a portion of our 1.5 acres by a 3rd party. Not sure of the rates applied.
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. *
Types of weed challenges will be invasive grasses, dandelion, wild onions/garlic, crabgrass and pigweed. Ways we'll control them will be groundcover, tillage, flame weeding, silage tarps, cover crop, precision cultivation and hand weeding.
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. *
Flea beetle, Japanese beetle, squash bugs, cabbage looper, aphids. To control them we'll use row cover when ever possible. Beyond that we may use BT, Spinosad, PyGanic, Surround WP.
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. *
This plot was a personal garden for a few years before turning into a farm. Fungal/Diseases haven't been to bad in this area. We intend to use liquid copper and maybe Serenade to help control any issues with diseases we see.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Municipal water supply
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. *
Whenever possible we purchase organic seeds. This year we're almost entirely using organic seeds from up to 6 different suppliers.
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. *
Berger OM2, Sun Gro Black Gold Seedling Mix
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. *
To the South over 100 yards is a conventional field where a neighbor raises cows. To the North about 15-20ft is a rural road. To the East about 50ft is another rural road. To the West 20+ ft is a residential yard that is lower in elevation than our fields. Run off from this yard would move towards the road and away from our area of production.

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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