Produce Application

Three Oaks Farm LLC

Owner: stowe spivey

Address:
160 Ware Loop Dr
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Cleveland County

daytime phone: (704) 578-9781
evening phone: (704) 578-9781
Web site: http://three-oaks-farm.com

Application Date: 2018-02-11

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I would like to be recognized for the growing practices I have been doing for almost three years. I Just received my certification as a registered nursery which included an inspection and work closely with the local NRCS agent on cover cropping and methods or production. I recently attended Bee School and intend on starting a "natural" apiary as well.
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? *
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. I asked about being a grower for them and they asked if this was one of the certifications I had.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
50
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.6
Fruit Crops:
.4
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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: *
Disc - initially plowed since it was in sod for 20 years
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rey, oats, crimson clover, austrian winter pea
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on-farm
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". *
1/4" in row
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
chicken, only after composting it
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". *
1/4" on some rows
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
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. *
dolomitic lime, gypsum for calcium - every fall
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. *
Bermuda/wire grass is a large percentage of the weed problems. Eradication is futile so I disc and cover crop crop to limit light to the soil as much as possible. Hand weed in season.
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. *
Apple leaf beetle, BT to control.
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. *
Sooty in apple tree this winter - no control. Early spring to fall will be neem, fungicide and BT as needed.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well
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") *
organic starter mix, and compost or peat and perlite.
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. *
in season I grow Sudex and cut in such a way that there is a continual buffer or tall Sudex. Land use in each direction is as follows: North is my house about 100 feet away. East is 20 feet of sod and a road then a hay field. The hay field is more than 50' away from my vegetables. That side of my growing area is poor soil and I am using cover crop to improve over the course of several years. South: Again, poor soil at the south edge of my cultivated area which I rotate through cover crops all year. 25' beyond cultivated area is is sod, then a road. I usually have about 50' on the edge in cover crops year round. East: Cover crops and neighbor's driveway. The driveway is about 80' - 100' away from my cultivated area where I grow vegetables. I have 15 fruit trees, the closest are ~30' of the driveway. I also have a berry patch on the east side. The closest fruit is very close to 50'.

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:
I just completed "Bee School" and intend on growing bees naturally and will seek certification of that later. Same for raising grain for new livestock - poultry.