Produce & Flowers
Full Moon FarmOwner: Jacob Crigler
141 Rhymer Branch Road
Deep Gap, NC 28618
daytime phone: (828) 964-6122
Web site: http://www.fullmoonfarmnc.com
Application Date: 2019-02-12
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We are a small 1 acre produce farm in Triplett, NC just outside of Boone, NC. We are entering into our 3rd season of production. Since the beginning we have farmed using only organic and natural inputs as a core principle of our production methods. That said, we don't find it justifiable to pay the costs of becoming USDA Organic certified. We serve a small community that is powered by close connections of friendly and honest business owners. Up to this point, our word on our natural growing methods has been enough to gain customers trust, but we are looking for a standard that will showcase our commitment to growing naturally and further gain trust and support from our customer base.
- 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? *
- Through our Ag-extension agency (Watauga County, NC)
- 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:
- Just to clarify, we don't currently have berries in production, but plan to have them later.
- 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: *
- We use draft horses for large area tillage during the shoulder seasons. This includes plowing, discing, and dragging. During the main season we practice low till/ no till using silage tarps, broad fork, and a tilther to flip beds for minimal tillage
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- We have used rye, oats, vetch, field peas in the past. We plan to experiment with others in the future.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- On farm from our horse manure, fully composted. Composted, pelleted chicken manure (Harmony). Watauga County has just begun a composting program that we are planning to use.
- 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". *
- On average, 5 wheelbarrow loads per 30" wide 100' long bed
- 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. *
- We use rock powder and bone meal for phosphorous sources for root and fruiting crops, usually applied at time of planting each particular crop. Lime is applied to the entire production area either in the fall or late winter. Wood ash (created on farm) only on particular beds for potash (carrots, beets). We plan on experimenting with alfalfa meal and kelp meal this coming season, possibly to replace the use of the pelleted chicken manure.
- 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 main weed problems are from perennials including grass, nutsedge, dock, iron weed, and horse nettle. Our production area was just a hay pasture for many years before we tilled it, so we're still working on reducing perennial weed crops. Some of these weeds must be dug out at the root level to truly eradicate them. Our weed control methods include silage tarps, landscape fabric on long season crops, hand cultivation (tine weeder, stirrup hoe, wire weeder) and of course hand weeding. We are also moving towards less deep tillage to avoid bringing new weed seeds to the soil surface. To do this we rely on a broadfork and tilther for minimal tillage. No herbicides are used on our property.
- 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 heavy pressure of cucumber beetles, Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs, squash vine borers, leaf hoppers, stink bugs, and harlequin bugs. We rely heavily on row covers for protecting young plants. Once crops like squash have outgrown row cover we still have not come up with effective control of squash bugs and vine borers. We use Kaolin Clay to help protect young plants from cucumber beetles, but we end up using Pyganic a few times a season to keep cucumber beetle populations at bay. We experimented last season with ecological controls including Mycotrol, a strain of fungi that kills a wide array of bugs. We saw some success with that product. Other products we use include frequent BT applications for worms, though never beyond label recommendations. We have used neem oil and Azaguard (Neem extract) for aphids applied a few times in a season. We have sprayed beneficial nematodes to attack the larvae of a wide range of pests.
- 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 live in a very wet and humid climate so we deal with a lot of fungal and bacterial foliar diseases. These include Cercospera leaf spot on beets, Septoria leaf spot on tomatoes, powdery mildew, downy mildew on cucurbits and lettuce drop. One of our biggest control methods is growing tomatoes, pepper, squash, and okra on landscape fabric (plastic) and growing lettuce and beets in caterpillar tunnels to keep rain off of foliage. The caterpillar tunnels have reduced disease issues in lettuce crops dramatically. We have tried products such as Serenade and Actinovate with some minor effectiveness and rely heavily on Cueva on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, though we would like to move away from that product if possible. We hope to invest in a high tunnel structure by next season to help with foliar diseases.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- 300' deep well on the farm
- 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 production area is immediately along a rural paved road. In some spots as close as 20 feet from the pavement. However we own on either side of the road and to the East, across the pavement is wooded for many tens of acres. To the south across the pavement is our horse pasture for approximately 300 yards to our property line and the next resident. To the West is our home property and it is many hundreds of yards more to the next resident beyond that. To the north is more horse pasture we own for about 150 - 200 yards before the next resident. Lots of wooded area in all directions. No other farming is happening anywhere nearby. To our knowledge, none of our neighbors are spraying any chemical.
- 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: