Produce & Flowers
New Roots Market GardenOwner: Krista Fayette
3719 Bend of Ivy Rd
Marshall, NC 28753
daytime phone: (828) 702-7363
Web site: http://www.newrootsnc.com
Application Date: 2018-01-04
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- At New Roots Market Garden we thrive to go above and beyond organic by treating our garden as a complete ecosystem. Stephen and I feel that it is important to allow all creatures to coexist and therefor are commited to a zero spray operation. Feeding our communtiy nutritious, pure, clean produce is our priority. We believe that customers who see the Certified Naturally Grown stamp feel even more comfortable knowing and trusting the source of their food.
- 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? *
- Dear Friends and Family: Goldfinch Gardens, Common Ground Farm, Full Sun Farm, Just Ripe Farm
- 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 acre
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- 0 acres
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- 1 acre
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- 1 acre
- 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:
- Local Caterers
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- New Roots Market Garden is a Minimal Till garden. We perform an initial till on new ground only, then build and continue to build up our permanent raised beds throughout the season and onto the next year.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- 2017 was our first year growing for market, with the constant rotating of our beds to new crops we were unable to incorporate cover crop. For the 2018 season, we wish to research and incorporate cover crops into our practice.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- We purchase local compost: Danny's Dumpster "Working for a waste free WNC by enabling, educating and inspiring people to dispose responsibly through composting and recycling." We purchase compost-based potting mix: Fort Vee from Vermont Compost Company.
- 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". *
- 15 cubic yards/acre/year
- 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. *
- Herbruck's Pelletized Poultry Fertilizer used sparingly during off season bed prep. Kelp/seaweed Extract applied early morning at most once a week during summer months for plant nutrient boost.
- 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. *
- Our weed pressure consist of mostly native prairie plants. Many of which are edible and we include in our salad mixes. For example: lambsquarter, purslane. For others which are not edible we cultivate by hand. Our tools of choice: cobrahead hand weeder, hula hoe, wheel hoe, trowel.
- 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. *
- We choose to always have plants which attract beneficial insects to keep the 'pests' in check. We plant borders of beneficals such as yarrow, daisy, cosmos. As well as intercrop with flowering herbs such as dill and cilantro. However, if the challenging insects begin to decimate a crop, we choose to say farewell and start over. Pull the crop out, and plant a new crop from a different plant family.
- 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 choose preventative practices for our disease control method. Conscious crop rotation is our main method. We avoid planting crops in the same plant family in the same bed for at least one year. If we notice disease formation, we are sure to harvest, weed, and/or prune that crop last, to prevent disease spreading onto other crops. When disease becomes a problem, we pull out the crop.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Spring-fed well water
- 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. *
- Our garden is located on bottom land protected by a river on the far end, a creek along the side, and wooded land on the back side. The land is shared with our friend and neighbor who has only permaculture style gardens and does not garden conventionally. The land across the river is wooded and across the creek is prairie surrounded by wooded land.
- 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 lease the land which we garden on. The land owners have made it very clear that they are passionate about organic standards and therefore, the land has been farmed/gardened using only organic or biodynamic practices for the past 15+ years.