Produce & Flowers

Petals and Pages Flower Farm LLC

Owner: Patricia Starkey

Address:
865 Woodchuck Drive
Fernley, NV 89408
Lyon County

daytime phone: (209) 840-7400
evening phone: (209) 840-7400
Web site: http://www.petalsandpagesflowers.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: *
Becoming certified will just solidify our growing practices and business philosophy so that our customers can better understand and so they feel safe and confident in purchasing our flowers.
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? *
Jennie Love with Love n' Fresh Flowers
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 and courses both local and online. We've been at market for three years now. We knew at the very beginning of our farming journey that we wanted to grow naturally and without chemicals. We also knew that we wanted to always do right by our soils, never just taken but always giving back and building health within our soil. It's been a foundational choice since day one.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
.50
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1.15
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
.50
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
We do grow herbs and have fruit trees however we do not sell them as edible only for floral bouquets.
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:
Pop-up markets for a local vendor coop/gathering.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Lightly broadfork
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
clovers, vetch, grasses, nitrogen fixers within a mix. We usually purchase a dry lands mix from a local producer here in Nevada.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We compost ourselves using our food scraps, chicken and goat manure, wood chips, tree clippings and grass clippings from local friends who do not use chemicals on lawns.
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". *
1-2 inches deep per bed
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
our own animals (goats and chickens)
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". *
It truly varies depending on how much we have, what our compost temp is, what the outside temp is, how fast it is breaking down and what other green material we have.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
All year, depending on the heat of our compost and when we need to use the compost
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. *
none
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. *
Goat heads-hand pull/clip or burn. Varying grasses-hand pull/burn Mexican evening primrose-hand pull/burn Elm-hand pull/cut down Purslane-hand pull
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. *
leafhoppers-compost tea, worm tea, ladybugs, and neem oil (only if very abundant) grasshoppers-we don't tend to try and control them, they don't ever become too bad Aphids-water spray, stick traps, ladybugs Thrips-ladybugs and neem oil (only if very abundant)
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-plant spacing changes, compost tea, weed tea or worm tea, and throw away foliar debri (never compost, never burn)
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well, rainwater catching, and agriculture flood irrigation.
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. *
I purchase from Ball Hort, Geo Seeds, Johnny's, Uprising Seeds, Territorial Seeds, Floret and any local seed producers whom I know grow organically.
Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
yes
If yes, please list types: *
Lisianthus
Please note reason for purchasing treated seed: *
Hard to find otherwise
I understand that the use of chemically treated seeds is not allowed under organic and Certified Naturally Grown guidelines. I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe produce grown from treated seeds are Certified Naturally Grown. *
Do you grow your own transplants? *
yes
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
Both
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
We use FoxFarm Soils or our local soil making Full Circle. When we create our own I use greensand, coconut coir, mycorrhizae, cinnamon and potting soil from the above two options.
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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. *
NA
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Occasionally we will purchase perennial plants to add to our rows and other areas of our property such as trees, shrubs or flowers. We purchase them from a local grower/nursery.
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). *
In the last twelve months we've purchase lavender plants, bare roots roses, honeysuckle, grape and viburnum. The bare root roses are from Menagerie Farm who grows organically. The others are from our local nursery Moana in Reno and tends to use organic methods for their plants as well. Although, I have not verified this with them 100%
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
alfalfa field which is roughly 1/2 mile from us (with homes, tress and landscapes between) neighboring yard maintenance (potential of one neighbor across the street-but have a wood fence up and wind drifts are blowing away from our property).
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. *
So, I farm only on my land, the neighbor across the street from me does small garden and lawn growing in their backyard. We are all on 1 acre plots or more so there is a good 2 acres in between us. As far as spraying, this would mainly come from a nearby alfalfa field that's about 1/2 a mile away. There are numerous properties in between us with matured landscapes including small and large trees that block us. Trees, shrubs, wood fences, wind usually blows West and all properties that are in question are in the East.

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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