Produce Application

Hartland Natural Farm

Owner: Jamie Whitaker

Address:
444 Hartland Oak Dr.
Rapidan, VA 22733
Madison County

Mailing Address:
444 Hartland Oak dr.
Rapidan, VA 22733

daytime phone: (540) 672-1936
evening phone: (540) 672-1936
Web site: http://hartland.edu/farm/

Application Date: 2014-05-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We already grow according to the certified naturally grown standards and so the certification backs us up.
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 Stavroula Conrad President of Fredericksburg CSA Project.

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: *
180
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:
Hay:
10
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
173
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
We only have vegetables and some berries being grown as of now but in the future we would like to do fruit trees, grains, beans and hay
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: *
For green house and cold frames all by hand tools. And for the field crops rototiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Cow peas, Hairy vetch, and buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
all the plant wastes and leaves on campus. . . and sometimes from a neighbor that has horses old horse manure mixed with wood shavings. Also have purchased mushroom compost and used it as a potting mix and added to raised beds in cold frames.
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
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Occasionally we use from a neighbor that has some horses. But it is aged manure 1-3 years old
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 inch deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall and early spring
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 TM Ag Organic Fertilizer w/ 9% Calcium (5-4-3), Brown’s Fish Hydrolysate, Thorvin Kelp Minerals, Tennessee brown rock phosphate,Omri listed Sea-90, Kelp meal (ingredients- Ascophyllum nodosum), Dolimitic lime, high calcium lime, granular SOP (OMRI-listed, nonsynthetic potassium sulfate)
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. *
by hand or the use of a tool we weed all the greenhouses and cold frames we also use leaf mulch to help suppress the weeds. In the field next to the greenhouse we cultivate with the tractors for weed control and sometimes use hay mulch as a weed barrier. We might try using plastic mulch as a weed barrier.
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. *
Sometimes we have problems with aphids and for them we use diatomateous earth and or OMRI listed M-pede as an insecticidal soap, For the colorado potato beetle we use Bonide product which has as its active ingredient Bacillus Thuringiensis and the Tenebrionis Coleopteran active toxin. We Spray once or twice when the beetle is in its larvae stage.
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. *
With the Tomatoes sometimes we get late blight. . . but by the time they get it we have harvested enough tomatoes from them so we just let them go.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Water source is well water for all the green houses and cold frames about an acre of our production. The other fields we water from a pound.
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

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
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
They are all grown using Naturally grown methods
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. *
about a mile away form other farmers who grow corn and soybeans. The whole property is about 650 acres most of which is forest

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: