Produce & Flowers

Lockard's Produce, LLC

Owner: Debra Lockard

Glimp, TN

Application Date: 2014-11-24

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
My vision and mission is to re-establish my parents and grandparents legacy of naturally grown, fresh and healthy produce to assist the public in developing healthy eating habits and sustaining healthy lifestyles
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? *
I met with a certified CNG farmer of Harris Farm, to learn about high tunnel gardening. He shared with me the layout of his high tunnel and what I needed to get started and provided information about CNG.
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:
Fruit Crops:
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: *
Tiller, cultivator, disc and plough
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Cereal rye (OG), Hairy Vetch (OG), and Radish(OG), Australia Winter Peas, Wheat, Crimson, Colver, Mustard Green Seeds,(cover crop), Turnip and Mustard Greens
Do you use Compost? *
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. *
HiCal agriculture Lime 1 ton per acre for vine crops recommended from soil test The practice of soil management, planting of cover crops, and crop rotation techniques that are in place. Garden Tone, fish emulsion, and liquid seaweed have been used for fertilizing the crops. The fish emulsion has been the best. Fertilizer is applied every three weeks now that the plants are growing. We keep a record of the performance of the crops, soil, and look of the foliage.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
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? *
If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates: *
The chemical spray that went onto my crops affected the area of .18 of an acre; 8,220 square feet that had vegetable plants. This area has been removed and cover crops are grown to hel restore the soil. The remainder of my field has not been affected.
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
Atrazine on 5/28/2016, by another farmer.
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. *
The most likely challenge that I foresee is weed growth. The planned use of wheat straw, crop rotation, cover crops, hand weeding, and the use of appropriate gardening tools will help resolve weed problems. The carrot weed challenge and the Johnson grass are the greatest challenge drink the summer. We have to dig the carrot weed to remove the root and the OMRI Avenger Organic weed spray is sprayed once every three weeks. It appears that we will not have to spray until we see a weed.
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. *
The common insect challenges for our area are: Aphids, Bean Leaf Beetles, Stink Bugs, Cucumber Beetles, Spider Mites, Corn Earworm, Fall Army worm, Colorado Potato Beetle, and Whiteflies. We will use cultural control methods; planting Good Bug Blends and the Low-Growing Good Bug Blend. A practice that is used on our family organic farm, which has one more transitional year before receiving USDA Organic Certification. The potato beetles have appeared and BT was unsuccessful, and the Neem Oil works best. Lady Bugs loved my peas and the BT worked to rid them. Sunflowers and the Good Bug Blend flowers were planted. The Deer - I put up a fence and camera to monitor their behavior. Ours fingers are crossed, no deer tracks at the moment.
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. *
The common plant diseases for our area are: Rust, Leaf Spot, Southern Blight, Downey Mildew, Powdery Mildew, Anthracnose, Bacterial Wilt, Alternaria Leaf Spot. The use of crop rotation, drip irrigation, feeding the soil by planting the cover crops and plants to prevent disease. The use of the High Tunnel serves as a barrier as well as the trees. Our focus is on sustaining healthy soil. I learned about the use of 70% Neem Oil that is OMRI listed and labeled at the Organic workshop. This is a researched practice that we can use if necessary to control challenges of diseases. Neem Oil is in use and we spray our foliage with Epsom salt and water.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Inside the high tunnel, I will use city water through drip irrigation and monitor the ph balance. With the traditional farming, rainwater and overhead sprinkler will provide water to the plants.
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. *
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 potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
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. *
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. *
The farmer located adjacent to my land does not use pesticides, the farm land that borders my land is owned by an organic farmer, (family member) and the land across the road grows a cover crop that is rolled for hay.


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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