Produce & Flowers
Plant 2 Plate Micro Farm., LLCOwner: Kathleen Garrett
16330 N Starboard Drive
Tucson, AZ 85739
daytime phone: (520) 222-8662
evening phone: (520) 870-2108
Web site: http://p2pmicrofarm.com
Application Date: 2021-04-23
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We have been using organic methods to grow our microgreens since beginning our farm a year ago so we'd like certification to validate that and then we can use it in our marketing. We also are planning to sell our greens in the 4th Ave Food COOP but they need us certified first. We might also partner with Bashas and need it for that as well.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Through 4th Avenue Food Coop in Tucson.
- 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: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- microgreens, lettuce, snap peas, squash
- Fruit Crops:
- Other Acreage:
- Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *
- Please Specify Any Other Items:
- Microgreens, which are grown inside an climate/humidity controlled building (12ft x 32ft) on the property. We also grow some lettuce, squash and snap peas outside in our greenhouse tunnel, but that varies according to the weather. It's not consistant.
- 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:
- residential customers (delivery to their homes). We have also discussed using a distributor but only looking into that right now.
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- None. Our microgreens are grown in our growhouse in shallow trays which use coconut coir as soil. The crops outside are minimal and we just use a tiny hand gardening shovel to scoop out old plants and replant new ones.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Our greenhouse is a circular tunnel made of arched cattle panels which have sun screens draped over the top the whole way around.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- We compost our microgreens remnants after we harvest them, so its the stems and roots and the coco coir that they're grown in. Sometimes we through in our personal vege kitchen scraps also. Then use that for the crops in the tunnel.
- 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". *
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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 are experimenting with a separate area in our chicken pen right now, dumping microgreen remnants in there for the chickens to scratch at. That specific pile with also have chicken poop mixed in. We have not used any of that for crops yet because we just started that a few weeks ago. Nothing other than the chicken poop is in that pile.
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
- 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. *
- Invasive natural grass grows inside the tunnel and kills off our lettuce and other plants so we use a homemade salt and vinegar mixture on it.
- 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. *
- Had aphids one year which killed everything outside. Used different homemade methods but nothing worked: soapy water, vinegar/salt. Learned that we needed to keep our weeds trimmed and to not let them die and get brown and crunchy. So, now we weed wack them much more regularly and they haven't been back, knock on wood. We also have an ant problem. They, apparently farm aphids, so we are going to be letting our chickens roam inside the tunnel to eat weeds that grow and hopefully they will eat the ants.
- 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 do not believe we have experienced any diseases in our tunnel area. We would need to research remedies as issues arise. Inside the growhouse, the only thing we have ever experienced is a mold issue when we first started (learning curve) but that was remedied by maintaining a humidity level less than 40% and good air circulation. We have 2-3 dehumidifiers running all the time. We also have 3 large wall mounted fans and small fans on every single growing shelf.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We have a well.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
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 them from seed companies.
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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. *
- Our main crop is microgreens. They are grown inside of a climate/humidity controlled building. The air is filtered by 3 dehumidifiers all day, every day. Crops grown outside are minimal and this last season we didn't even grow enough for personal use. Outside is more of an experiment, although we'd like to master growing lettuce so we can sell ready-to-go salads. We sell salad mixes right now that are only microgreens or we let some of the microgreen lettuces grown a little larger to the size of baby lettuce and use that in out mixes, all of which are grown inside the growhouse.
- 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 aren't sure how to prepare for an inspection. Have never done this before. How much time does it take? Will you train us on how to inspect others' farms?