Produce & Flowers

Glade Road Growing

Owner: Sally Walker and Jason Pall

2351 Glade Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Montgomery County

Mailing Address:
2204 Glade Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060

daytime phone: (540) 808-0672
evening phone: (540) 808-0672
Web site:

Application Date: 2019-02-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
A local natural food store which we want to wholesale to requires either CNG or organic certification to sell there
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? *
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
About half in minimal tillage intensive continuous-crop raised beds; other half in extensive bed system using surface cultivation to control weeds (mainly chisel plow and 1949 electric cultivating tractor)
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Austrian winter peas winter rye clover occasionally buckwheat, Sudan grass, oats cow peas
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased from Vermont Compost (mainly for seed starting) and made on farm with local fall leaves, wood chips and our livestock's bedding.
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". *
Do you use Manure? *
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Very occasionally we rotate our flock of laying ducks over winter cover cropped fields or orchard. The manure rate is whatever they themselves put down in a two week rotating system. These fields are never harvested before 120 days.
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". *
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What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
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. *
feathermeal, organic potassium sulfate, bone meal, kelp, elemental sulfur, sea salt, vinegar (acetic acid) We use Advancing Eco Agriculture products. Rates depend on crop sap tests and observed crop needs: Holomac: seafood protein hydrolysate, rock phosphate, potassium sulfate, calcium carbonate, acetic acid; Holomic: molasses, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate; HoloK: Potassium sulfate, 0.1% humic acid (derived from leonardite); HoloCal: Calcium carbonate, disodium octaborate, 0.1% humic acid (derived from leonardite;) SeaShield: liquid shrimp and crab shell concentrate; Sea Crop: low salt ocean mineral complex; Rebound Manganese: manganese sulfate; Rebound Molybdenum: sodium molybdate; Rebound Iron: ferrous sulfate; Accelerate:rock phosphate, manganese sulfate, kelp; Rejuvenate: molasses, seaweed extract,concentrated sea water; 1.4% humic acid (derived from leonardite); Biogenesis- seed inoculant and root dip; Pepzyme- stable liquid enzyme enhancer.
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. *
Annual weeds: (galinsoga, lambs quarter, pigweed, chickweed) In our no till fields we use: surface hoeing (colinear/wire weeder), flame weeding, occultation (silage tarp cover). In our tractor fields we use: cultivating tractor (sweeps, flex tine weeder, stirrup hoe, hand weeding). In In our landscape fabric beds we hand weed holes. We use organic mulch (leaves) to prevent weeds. We attempt to allow 4-6 weeks of bed prep (flail, chisel, bed shaper (tiller with hilling discs), tine weed) for stale bed.
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 beetle: We always use insect first. Entrust is second action only for leafy greens (collard/kale). Entrust will get applied between April 15 and September 15. There is very little pressure outside of those dates. I have never applied more than once on a crop and do not apply on quick crops (arugula, choi, radish...). Typically I apply just once for spring/fall bunch greens (crops are under cover). Brassicas rarely are affected enough to check their growth. Cabbage worms: Primary strategy is either floating row cover or insect net for spring/fall brassicas. In a typical year we apply Bt 2 weeks before harvest to rid any caterpillars, then if necessary 4 weeks later if there is an extended spring broccoli success. Since we started working with AEA we have less cabbage moth pressure, so we only apply Bt for customers' sake not the survival of the plant. Striped cucumber beetles: Striped cucumber beetles emerge heavily early May and at that time we have cucumber and summer squash in the ground. We use Pyganic once that first week in May. Cucumbers are inside a high tunnel with insect netting on the side and vents. Summer squash is under either insect net (ideal) or row cover if it is cold. After that each successive wave starts under row cover and is on its own once we pull it off at flowering (successions every 2-3 weeks). Occasionally I will see harlequin bugs but don't take action because the broccoli Entrust application would check it. All product labels are read and understood by myself and our production manager. We spray with a backpack in small situations or a 25 gallon tractor sprayer with electric pump/boom or hand gun). Due to our extreme dislike for row cover, our primary action is fertility management (soil test/sap test). Second is crop covers. Third are sprays. We prioritize crop rotation, cover crops and organic matter additions (compost/leaf mold) to support crop health and make plants more resilient against pest pressure.
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. *
Our field tomatoes will get alternaria leaf spot and or late blight. We choose resistant varieties and are deliberate about plant spacing and pruning to allow for air flow among plants. This year are are moving potentially all tomatoes into hoophouses, but will possibly grow on a wave of paste tomatoes outdoors. Inside of hoophouses we get leaf mold, and now we select half as leaf mold resistant strains. The other half we try to manage with sap testing and accurate fertility management (AEA). We have never applied any product to combat a disease. For field crops fertility management is our primary defense against disease. Second is successive waves. Occasionally I will get black speck on arugula or some sort of top rot on a carrot, but never enough to even consider doing anything.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Location 1: deep well dug for human consumption. 1-3 times a year tested for E.Coli. using a lab. Location 2: deep well dug for human consumption. 1 time a year tested for E.Coli. using a lab. Location 3: municipal water through the Town of Blacksburg, annual report given to the public.
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. *
North- 300' fallow then road East-15' hedge then neighbors small cow-calf grazing permanent pasture South- stream and 200' of woods West- 30' of hedge and fallow then neighbors cow-calf permanent pasture


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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