Produce Application

Full Sun Farm

Owner: Vanessa Campbell

Address:
90 Bald Creek Rd.
Leicester, NC 28748
Buncombe County

daytime phone: (828) 683-1607
Web site: http://www.fullsunfarm.com

Application Date: 2017-03-17

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We're applying to be CNG to give new (and returning) costumers greater assurance that the produce we grow is actually grown in a way that is consistent with their values, that is, grown without the use of GMOs and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, promotes biological active soil and farm ecosystem and sustainability in general. As our city grows rapidly, our reputation as "organic" growers does not feel like enough. CNG certification would be a good short hand way to explain our growing practices at market. We feel our business would benefit from the CNG branding.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
we were last USDA certified Organic in 2002-2003.
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Farmer friends in our area, Ben McCann

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
6
Number of above acreage that you own: *
6
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:
.5
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
.5 flowers
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
honey, hazelnuts
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: *
We use a flail mower to cut cover crops, a disc harrow or our Imants spader to incorporate the green manure. We use the spader which has a bed shaper for a final pass to make a raised beds.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We use a combination of winter wheat or oats, hairy vetch, crimson clover, & Austrian winter pea for our winter cover crops. As summer cover crops we use buckwheat, sorghum sudan grass, sunflowers, soybeans, millet, and cow peas.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We purchase complete compost from Danny's Dumpster in Asheville. This compost is mostly used in our tunnels, with strawberries & some field flowers.
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". *
in the field, one front end loader scoop per 200' bed. in tunnels, 10-15 wheelbarrows per 200 square foot beds.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
This year we're using Horbruck's chicken manure (4-3-2).
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". *
We apply at a rate of 2,000#/acre.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
early spring, as soon as soil moisture allows.
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. *
We have used Harmony 5-4-3, OMRI approved, composted turkey manure & Harbruck's which is raw, dried chicken manure. Next year we will be looking to either return to Harmony or another composted manure fertilizer.
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. *
Weed challenges: chickweed in early spring, nutsedge in summer, prickly pigweed in late summer, and smart weed most times of year are probably our main weed problems, though there are many other grasses & others that present themselves for removal. We use Biotelo mulch on some crops to help with weed suppression. We use a flamer at times, wheel hoes, scuffle hoes, and have 2 electric AC G tractors with various cultivators to help control weeds. And our hands! We try to use the G tractors as often as possible, as soil conditions allow. For perennial crops like blueberries and peonies, our primary weed is johnson grass. We pull this out as we can and then mulch with boxes or paper and tree mulch.
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 beetles on arugula, radishes, oriental greens, and turnips. These crops are covered with light weight row cover from sowing until harvest. Cabbage loopers are often a problem on all brassicas and another caterpillar sp. on late season chard. We use Dipel (Bt) on these crops, spraying weekly until the problem subsides. Harlequin bugs on late season brassicas are hand picked from the plants. Potato beetles are hand picked, though they are generally only a minor issue. Aphids can be an issue on leafy greens and sometimes our high tunnel tomatoes and are sprayed with Safer Soap weekly. We seperate like crops with space and time around the farm in an attempt to break the life cycle of insect pests or at least make them really work to find the next supply of food.
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. *
Phytothera is our main disease challenge. We choose resistant varieties and/or varieties that are less sesceptible to the disease. This mainly effects peppers and cucurbits. Fusarium can also effect some crops. We choose resistant or less suceptible varieties. We use RootShield for some of the most susceptible crops. We now grow all our tomatoes under cover in our tunnels to eliminate late blight. We seperate like crops with space and time around the farm in an attempt to lessen the impact of these diseases.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We irrigate from a spring fed pond.
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") *
n/a
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
We buy strawberry plugs from Walker Bros. in New Jersey. We buy Lisianthus plugs from Germania Seed Company
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
We have not.
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). *
Strawberry plugs are bought in, and we understand that they qualify for exemption under the CNG seed rule. Lisianthus plugs are bought-in and we will put a distinction as to their origin & CNG status on the price signs we use for them to make it clear to customers.
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 there is a creek running between our property and our neighbor's conventional tomato field. On our side of the creek there are trees & shrubs along the bank for 20' from the water, then at least a 10' strip of grass before our fields start. Prevailing winds come from the west in our valley so any drift from his spraying would continue down his fields and not cross through our wooded buffer. To the west there is a small creek the separates our property from a neighboring hay field. To the east there is a wooded strip with a small creek between our property and a neighbor's hay field. These hay fields are not sprayed. To the north, our crop fields are about 300' from a road that separates our crop fields from about 30 acres of our land that is used as hay/pasture (leased to a neighbor) and woods.

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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