Produce & Flowers

Shalom Farms

Owner: Seyra Whitney

2676 Venita Road
Midlothian, VA 23113
Powhatan County

Web site:

Application Date: 2018-04-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Shalom Farms is a nonprofit farm located in Powhatan County that works with communities in Richmond to ensure access to healthy food. Shalom Farms' volunteer program reaches almost 6000 people annually, through which we have the ability to educate visitors and emphasize growing practices that are biologically active and fertile. By being certified, we can continue to promote sustainable production methods by maintaining the health of the land and soil while having support from and supporting CNG.
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? *
Janet, a fellow farmer at Broadfork 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: *
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:
Feedmore, Partner Food Pantries

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Minimum tractor tillage - spade beds annually (6-12"), roto-till in fertilizers and macro/micro nutrients at times (1-2").
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Austrian Winter peas, cowpeas, rye, vetch, daikon radish, crimson clover, oats
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm and purchased complete from Lar Lyn Farms LLC. Used as inoculant.
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". *
21 yards / acre
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. *
Seven Springs : Feather Meal (13-0-0), Allganic Nitrate Plus (15-0-2), Calphos Granular (0-3-0), Gypsum Ida-Grow, Boron 10%, Manganese Sulfate Tiger Brand 15%, Copper 12% Tiger Brand, Zinc 18% Tiger Brand, Kelp Meal, CalPlus Biolink 6%, Mushroom Substrate (all annually based on soil report).
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. *
We deal with a wide variety of weed species on the farm (mostly cress, chickweed, nettle). To manage, we use landscape fabric, Bio360 Mater-Bi* plastic mulch to suppress weeds initially, then hand hoeing and weeding is done throughout the season for maintenance. (Usually the Bio360 breaks down in about 3 months for us, depending on weather. When it's really cold, it may take a bit longer, but we till and spade so it's incorporated back into the soil where it biodegrades pretty quickly.
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 deal with a variety of pests (mostly aphids, flea beetles, harlequin beetles, cabbage moths and worms, army worms, squash beetles, tomato horn worms, cut worms, root maggots, stink bugs, cucumber beetles). Soil fertility is our first management process for keeping pests at bay, the next being extensive planting successions in our field plan to keep our foliar sprays to a minimum, and row cover. Next would be sprays which include - pyganic 1.4% and Monterey Spinosad (used when visible signs of damage to plant is evident and is effecting yields, dependent on which part of the plant is being effected).
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. *
Primary disease challenges are powdery and downy mildew, early blight, septoria leaf spot, bacterial leaf spot. Management for prevention and early onset stages include keeping a tidy farm, cleaning after harvest, proper spacing, biodegradeable plastic mulch, row cover, and OMNI approved broad spectrum bactericides/fungicides.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use both a well and a pond for crop irrigation.
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. *
We have two locations, one in Powhatan County and the other in Richmond city. Powhatan is our major production site and we are currently navigating how to best use the urban site. Westwood site - the adjacent land is all residential (north, south, east, and west), with a road just to the south. The rest of the area is pretty enclosed and sits in the middle of some houses. We cover cropped last fall and let it overwinter. Powhatan Site - the adjacent land north is a hay field with a treeline just beyond it, south is another hay field, west is a 6 acre buffer zone 200' wide with a tree line on the far side, east is used for conventional production with multiple buildings, a road, and open space as the buffer zone. We are in good communication with the people who manage that conventional tract. 2017 was our first year of production at this site, and we are now in our second season. We cover cropped our growing area for the year prior to being on it.


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: