Produce & Flowers

WoodBox Farm LLC

Owner: Marcus Roberson

9000 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309
Fairfax County

Mailing Address:
8514 Southlawn Court
Alexandria, VA 22309

Web site:

Application Date: 2022-04-01

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
WoodBox Farm is and will remain an educational farm for early childhood through adult learners. Ours is a low input, cover cropping, crop rotating, low till operation and we stand by our soil and practices. We, however want to make certain we are sharing accurate and easily found information to bolster our claims.
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? *
VABF Conference.
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? *
Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture Veteran Farmer Training Program Graduate - 2017 Launched Arcadias first incubator - 2018 Produce grown has primarily been donated, and a desire to grow in harmony and not in combat with nature has prepared WoodBox Farm for adherence to CNG standards.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1/4 acre
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1/4 acre
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:
Pumpkins and Melons
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: *
Broadfork and small roto-tiller.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Clover, peas, oats, vetch and looking to explore cover cropping with industrial hemp
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Saunders Landscaping in 2018, 2019, and 2020. In our first 3 seasons we sourced, and in the future will continue to source our compost from Saunders Landscaping Supply. We specifically requested untreated organic compost untreated and absolutely not Orgro which they sell as well.
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 inches deep 6 wheelbarrow loads per x 40 beds x 50 ft long
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. *
Buttercups, wiregrass, and pokeweed. Pull by hand
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. *
Mininmal hornworm pressure, squash bugs and aphids. We removed by hand, and used DE in 2019 and 2020, hot mix in 2021 (cayenne, garlic, water and Dawn)
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 have seen the effects of late tomato blight seasonally and corn smut in 2020 that went untreated and the corn was segregated and disposed of in separate compost pile
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well 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. *
Before we knew better (2018-2019), seeds were sourced where available, and driven by our imagination and enthusiasm in getting started and not our intent. Since, we have very intentionally sourced only non-gmo and heirloom seeds from Bakers Creek, Johnnys, High Mowing and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. In addition we have swapped seeds and seedlings with other farmers who grow naturally and share that same intent.
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. *
We exclusively use Miracle Gro Natures Care (OMRI-listed) for our starts.
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. *
To the west there is a roadway To the south is a catchment basin, storage area, limited equipment staging area and access/egress point for our grow space. To the east and north are an incubator farm and production farm approximately.


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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