Produce & Flowers

AOVS Urban Farm

Owner: Jennifer Marshall

2226 Ball Road
Memphis, TN 38114
Cherokee County

daytime phone: (901) 581-2535

Application Date: 2018-07-13

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We've been following CNG rules closely since we started growing earlier this year. I've worked on a CNG farm for the past 3.5 years and think it's the most farmer focussed third party certification available for naturally grown food. For us, farming with these methods meets our dual focus on the long term sustainability of the environment and our food system, but also our health and well being goals for the disabled veterans that live near and work on our farm.
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? *
Tubby Creek Farm in Ashland, MS.
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: *
1.5 acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1 acre
Fruit Crops:
less than 1 acre
Other Acreage:
.5 acres current unused
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:
Bring It Food Hub in Memphis, TN (they do some wholesale, but also operate a CSA-like subscription service.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Low till system utilize permanent in ground raised beds (a la JM Fortier) using a BCS walk behind tractor. Our tillage in bed is minimal, utilizing a power harrow to incorporate amendments as needed and sileage tarps for weed control
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Summer: Buckwheat, iron and clay cowpeas Winter (planned): crimson clover, austrian winter pea, rye
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased complete cotton burr compost. Minimal amounts made 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". *
7-9 cuft / 2.5x50ft bed (about an inch deep)
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. *
Dolomitic lime- we've limed for the first time this year after our soil test Fish emulsion fertilizer (OMRI listed brands) Mighty Grow (pelitized chicken manure- OMRI listed)
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 have a wide variety of weeds: bermudagrass, nutsedge, crabgrass, nettle, lambsquarter. The most problematic here are nutsedge and bermuda. Prior to planting, we cover our beds for 2-4 weeks with silage tarps to smoother weeds. With our scale, the rest of the weeds can be managed pretty simply through hoeing and hand weeding. We do also use straw mulch around plants and in paths.
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 have a wide variety of pests: stink bugs, squash bugs, cabbage loopers, etc. On many crops, we use row covers until plants are nearly ready to harvest (brassicas, lettuce, etc) or about to bloom (cucurbits). In serious cases, especially with cabbage loopers leaf beetles, etc we use either BT or PiGanic. Generally, we do not use sprays more than a few times in a season.
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. *
Most of our disease problems are on nightshades, primarily tomatoes (all manners of blight and other assorted foliar diseases). We plan to manage this primarily through our crop rotation plan (keeping nightshades out of the same beds more than years in a row). Annual adding of compost, cover cropping, broadforking, etc hopefully will create an ecosystem where plants can better cope with disease.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We irrigate with drip irrigation. Our water source is the municipal city of Memphis water supply.
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? *
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
There is a non-zero possibility of chemical drift from the golf course next door to us. They use pre-emergent herbicides and chemical fertilizers. There is a buffer zone between the properties, though, and they are aware of the need to avoid using any chemicals on windy days or using any sprays near to our fenceline.
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. *
To the West of us there is about 100ft from our crop field to the edge of the golf course next door. There is a tree break and the area is primarily used as a landing spot for cleared brush and to part equipment. To the South, there is a neighborhood roughly 300 yards away and mostly empty apartment complex to the east about 100 yards. To the North is residential.


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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