Produce & Flowers

Yonderyear Farm

Owner: Amanda and Kevin Green

Address:
Rockbridge Baths, VA

Web site: http://www.yonderyearfarm.com

Application Date: 2022-02-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a small, biodiverse flower and grassfed meat farm. We want a grassroots certification that validates our use of sustainable, pesticide and herbicide free practices.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
no
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Honeytree Farm's Instagram Account
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? *
My husband and I both have educations in international environmental and agricultural issues. Neither of us had experience farming, though we loved growing things and knew we wanted, at least, a farmstead to be part of our adult lives. We purchased our 30 acres of property 6 years ago as a depleted hayfield fertilized for years with turkey litter. We've since been naturally increasing the plant and animal biodiversity by slowly promoting natural checks and balances. We intensively rotationally graze our cattle and sheep, following them with chickens. These fields will eventually be home to a multi-story perennial orchard. Our ducks work in our existing orchards and flower fields to increase fertilization and to help with pest control.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
30
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
4
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
1
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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
BCS on new plot, deep compost/carboard/no till on used plot.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
red clover, white clover, mammoth clover, buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm, Black Bear Compost (Crozet)
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". *
2-5 inches deep depending on new or used plot
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
https://www.newcountryorganics.com/harmony-ag-organic-fertilizer-50lb.html
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". *
5-8 lbs per 80 ft. long/4 ft. wide flower bed
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring
Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
no
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. *
One time application of Dolomitic Lime and Espoma Organic Rock Phosphate on new plots. Bone, blood, feather meal fertilizer every three weeks as flowers are in bloom. https://www.newcountryorganics.com/8-5-5-all-natural-fertilizer-50-lb-bag.html
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
no
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
no
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
yes
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 hand weed and use the collinear hoe on small weeds. For weed prevention on perennials, we undercanopy trees with perennial bulbs and use wood chips over cardboard. For annual flowers, we use weed suppression fabric with burned holes for planting.
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. *
Japanese beetles, grasshoppers, junebugs, squash bugs, deer, voles, rabbits. For insects, we rely heavily on our ducks to forage and have used milky spore with some success in years 1-4 of owning the property. We've found that as we overplant flower crops and increase our general plant biodiversity, we have to worry less about insect damage (we just know that 10-15% of our flowers won't be sellable quality and leave them for pollinators). We've also found that giving our seeds starts and young plants the best possible beginning (soil blocking with fish fertilizer and planting directly into compost) gives our young plants a great start and makes them less vulnerable to pests. Our cats do a good job of dissuading rabbits and killing voles. We have a kill permit for deer.
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, peach scale, cedar apple rust, bacterial canker, fireblight, maple scale, botrytis (peonies), black spot (roses), oak borer. For powdery mildew, we try to provide good air circulation when planting and keep foliage moistened in the mornings and evenings during periods of drought. For scales, we use an application of OMRI certified horticultural oil in the dormant season. For canker and fireblight we prune during a dry period and sanitize shears between cuttings and burn the diseased limbs. We just don't plant oaks anymore. For cedar apple rust, powdery mildew, botrytis and black spot we use a weekly application of compost tea with foliar kelp, fish fertilizer and molasses. This seems to make our plants stronger and more resistant to disease. We've also just learned through trial that there are some varieties of apples, pears, plums, cherries, etc. that won't thrive in our climate. We continuously cull those and plant new varieties or repeat varieties which are growing well.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use our well.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
no
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
no

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 use Johnny's, Floret, Southern Exposure, and John Scheeper's seeds.
Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Do you grow your own transplants? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Swift Greenhouses
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
No
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
Perennial flowers: Veronica (2 varieties), Sedum (2 varieties); Biennial flowers: Campanula (2 varieties) 50 plug trays each.
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
no
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
yes
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. *
Crops are at least 1/4 mile from the closest road on one side. Much farther away from roads on the other three which are buffered by dense woods to the east, south and west. On the top of a hill so away from road drainage. Neighboring land, 1/2 mile away in hay.

Agreements

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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