Produce & Flowers
Thaden School FarmOwner: Angela Linn
800 SE C St
Bentonville, AR 72712-2446
Web site: http://thadenschool.org
Application Date: 2021-07-28
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- As a school farm, our goals include providing nutrient-dense food for our community and being an educational resource for our community as well. This certification and connecting with teh CNG community will help us continue to learn and grow.
- 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? *
- Farmers markets, workshops, friends who are certified
- 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? *
- I have learned to farm through research, practice, reading, trial and error, networking with other growers, visiting farms, and asking a lot of questions. Our school has had a garden since we opened four years ago, expanding over time to include over 1/2 acre of growing space. Our farm is unique in that we grow food for our school, both for teaching purposes and for the daily meals prepared on campus. The CNG standards align with our philosophy and approach in farming, so it is a natural fit. We value the opportunity to continue learning and to connect with other CNG farmers in our area.
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- 1/2 acre
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- 1/2 acre
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- 1/2 acre
- 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:
- The vast majority of our produce will be used on campus by our culinary team. In that sense, we would like to be able to educate and communicate to students and families the standards by which we are growing the food they are eating. I included "farmers market" and "farm stand" because there may be times when students help to set up a "farm stand" to sell produce or perhaps we might set up a booth at a farmer's market in the future.
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- BCS tractor plow for initial bed prep. Broadfork and tilther powered by electric drill for flipping beds in between crops.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Peas, vetch, oats, buckwheat, winter rye
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Food Loops, City of Fayetteville Compost
- 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". *
- 5 wheelbarrows per 30 ft 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. *
- Garden IQ Azomite minerals, once when establishing beds Garden IQ organic tomato fertilizer for tomato beds and ginger/tumeric beds
- 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. *
- Mechanical control is our main management strategy with weeds. We try to control weeds when small with a variety of hoes or flame weeder, when possible. Otherwise we hand pull weeds as needed.
- 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. *
- Harlequin bugs on brassica crops. We are addressing by rotating crop families, using insect netting for future brassica crops, and hand removing bugs and eggs. We try to include as many insectary flower plantings as possible to promote an overall balanced ecosystem. We plan to increase our overall use of insect netting with low tunnels as a means to address insect challenges in general.
- 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. *
- Powdery mildew on cucumbers has been the main disease issue that we have faced. We are being much more mindful about the varieties that we choose, removing plants that are diseased, use drip instead of overhead irrigation, ensuring adequate spacing for airflow, etc.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- city water
- 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. *
- We select organic seeds whenever possible, typically ordering from Johnny's, Southern Exposure, Seed Savers Exchange, and High Mowing Organic Seeds. We also are working on saving seeds and replanting from some open-pollinated varieties.
- 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. *
- Morgan Composting, Organic Potting Soil, Seed Starter 101
- 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 gardens are located at the center of our 30-acre campus grounds. The grounds are maintained ecologically with no herbicide or pesticide use.
- 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: