Produce & Flowers

Thor Mountain

Owner: Jasmine Roberts

Address:
5103 Thor Drive
Bristol, VA 24202
Washington County

Mailing Address:
407 Lynfield Rd.
Bristol, TN 37620

daytime phone: (276) 614-4920
Web site: http://instagram.com/thormountainbristol

Application Date: 2022-04-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We use natural methods and want to help customers recognize the importance of these practices under the CNG banner.
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? *
I had seen the label in the past, but our farmer's market manager suggested we apply.
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? *
Our family (the owners) grew up on this farm, though 20 years ago more traditional agricultural methods were followed. I did a ton of reading and talking with people, took some horticulture and arboriculture classes, and has a practice season last year. My aunt and sister have also worked on farms, and my aunt has taken horticulture classes and worked in a greenhouse. We started bringing our products to market this year. Extensive reading and learning about permaculture, biodynamics, and other sustainable methods, as well as familiarizing ourselves with the natural patterns on our land, are what have prepared us for farming successfully according to CNG standards.

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: *
0 (the family owns the land, but the entity owned by the family leases it)
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
2
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.5
Fruit Crops:
.5
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
1
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
medicinal plant roots and bark
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:
Tea purveyors; other small businesses using products for value add services

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We used a disk harrow to turn our first 1/4 acre garden last year before creating permanent raised beds. For the new plots we are planning on no till - tarp for three weeks or apply cardboard and wood chips (apple wood from pruning our apple trees) and compost to create raised beds. We're planning to experiment with additional methods like the Ruth Stout method this year. We will use a small tiller to loosen some soil when planting new fruit trees as no till caused drainage issues given the relative density of the loosened soil at the tree's rootball v. the surrounding hard pack.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Red clover to date; we intend to use rye, daikon radish, and river oats as well.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm as well as purchased complete from Wolf Farm Natural Elements in Abingdon, VA.
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". *
appx. 2 inches deep on existing beds; appx. 4-6 inches deep when creating new no till beds.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Aged manure - black gold or pelletized chicken manure. We may work with a local farmer to obtain manure that we will age before using. Considering using guano from our local bats, which we would age before using.
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 inch when planting fruit trees or shrubs (cow); 1/2 to 1 inch for other plants if nitrogen is needed
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
aged manure is applied at planting time
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. *
lime for certain plots in the fall; we'll be bringing in boron for radishes to side dress existing plantings; blood meal at germination; bone meal at germination; trace elements for germination; liquid fish fertilizer at planting and as needed based on plant performance
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. *
Various grasses from the existing field exist on the perimeters; we've slowly been removing them via hoeing or hand pulling (depending on ground wetness) as we identify that they are non-native species or will compete in a detrimental way with our cultivated plants. Within the beds, we allowed certain "weeds" to coexist with our plants to attract pollinators; we are now removing some of those weeds that compete such as Norwegian Cinquefoil and Bulbous Buttercup, as well as those that have been acting as a cover crop mouse ear chickweed. We have an overabundance of wild garlic/onion that we have to remove. We remove these all manually without power, although we have mowed the perimeter about twice a year. Staghorn sumac and blackberry plants will be dug up and transplanted for potential nursery sales following appropriate licensure.
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 beetle (currently mechanical/crush 'em if we find them when prepping the soil or weeding, but we plan to use beneficial nematodes followed by Milky Spore applications later in the year). Flea beetles and cabbage moths (row covers, attracting beneficial insects, OMRI spinosad). Aphids on brassicas (spinosad, insecticidal soap, OMRI neem oil). Squash borers (mechanical removal).
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, bacterial leaf spot, suspected crown gall in the forest. For the first two, we remove leaf litter at season end and will modify our watering practices to water earlier in the day and minimize leaf splash. Neem or baking soda sprays for existing plants. For crown gall, we plan to consult the forestry service to determine which trees should be removed to limit the spread, then we will plant resistant species in their place (e.g., serviceberry).
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water from an aquifer on our land.
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. *
Purchased from Sow True Seeds in Asheville, NC, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange company from Wolf Farm Natural Elements and others, as well as our own seed collection. In each case we only buy organic seeds and focus on local brands.
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? *
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. *
When we create a potting mix, it contains perlite, pro-mix peat moss, compost, pro-mix organik potting soil, and occasionally vermiculite, sand collected from the land, and maybe bone meal or pelletized aged chicken manure.
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. *
N/A
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Wolf Farm Natural Elements (rosemary starts last year); purchased lettuce transplants from a Johnson City Farmer's Market vendor last year which we have now harvested; we may purchase transplants from Wicked Plant Shop in Blountville, TN.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes
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). *
N/A
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. *
Our primary field is over 1000 feet from any neighboring property. The field is elevated appx. 8+ feet above our private gravel road, and the rows/crops start about 20-30 feet horizontally from the road to the South West and about 40 feet to the private parking area on the South 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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