Produce & Flowers

The Psycho Chicken Eco Farm

Owner: Peter Brezny

Asheville, NC

Web site:

Application Date: 2021-12-06

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
It's a requirement to teach a soil class for the Organic Grower's School here in Asheville.
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? *
Web search
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? *
Trial and error, lots of research. 4 years give or take in an off and on schedule while we transition away from our 'day jobs'. An education in environmental science, and a passion for researching agroecological techniques.

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: *
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
As divers a mix as possible depending on soil needs, frequently including: clovers, peas, oats, rye, sunflowers, chia, vetch, flax, corn, sorghum, buckwheat, phacelia, etc.
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Spent brewery grain combined with horse bedding/manure.
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". *
1/4 - 1" on rows
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. *
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. *
In general, we have low weed pressure in our no-till system. In the hoop house, weeds are managed by hand. In the field we typically crimp down a thick rye cover crop to provide deep mulch for transplants. Frequently we will occult the plots with silage tarps for up to 4 weeks prior to planting, followed by hand weeding 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. *
Cabbage moth caterpillar, pickle worm, bean beetle, aphids, crickets, grasshoppers. We take no action to stop an insect problem, instead allowing it to be present so that natural insect predator populations can increase and mange them directly. Otherwise, instead of focusing on the pest, we focus on crop health. If a crop suffers insect damage that the predator population doesn't manage for us, we change our timing of planting (brassicas in particular are now winter grown in the hoop house for example). If we really want a crop when insect pressure is high, we use netting to cover them. We use nothing on the farm to kill any insects. We do occasionaly apply foliar, active compost teas to boost plant immune health. In general, if our soil microbiology is good, our crops don't suffer from insect damage.
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. *
Tobacco mosaic virus, downy mildew. If our soil health is good and the weather cooperates, these are not a serious problem. Plant timing and variety selection are only means, aside from very occasional compost tea foliar applications, that we use to mitigate plant disease.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water, rain 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 always seek organically sourced seeds from as many suppliers as we can find. We frequently save our own seed as well.
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? *
Mix our own
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. *
Closest neighbor to crops is 20' from field with a vine covered 8' tall fence and pine trees between. Closest road is 15' from field with deciduous trees and shrubs between.


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:
Our compost configuration is evolving to find the optimal balance between finished product and energy inputs. It does not currently meet your requirements of 5 turns in a windrow setup, though we could do that... We are currently experimenting with a modified "Johnson-Su" windrow configuration. Our compost rests for a year before being used, frequently mined by earthworms prior to application. Will we need to change our compost procedure to meet your requirements?