Produce Application

Seton Harvest

Owner: Joseph Schalasky

Address:
9400 New Harmony Road
Evansville, IN 47720
Vanderburgh County

daytime phone: (812) 963-7693
evening phone: (812) 963-7600
Web site: http://www.setonharvest.org

Application Date: 2009-02-12

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Seton Harvest is a religiously-owned CSA farm established in the spring of 2006. We had 132 shareholder families in 2008 and harvested over 40,000 pounds of vegetables grown free from the use of chemicals. Of that total, 9,000 pounds were donated to six area food pantries and shelters. We feel that the CNG credential is important to our ability to promote the benefits of locally grown, chemically-free food.
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? *
We learned about the CNG program through Canticle Farm in Allegany, New York.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
8
Number of above acreage that you own: *
8
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
8
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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: *
Plow, disc and rototill
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, clover, hairy vetch, winter rye and field peas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Kitchen scraps, local leaves and grass clippings, local manure, and on-farm waste such as stems, trimmings and spoilage.
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". *
Compost is applied at 1-2 inches deep.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Local turkey, cow and horse farms
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". *
Manure is applied with a 59 cubic foot spreader at a rate of 6 to 8 loads per acre.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Winter
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. *
Fertrell Brand: Gold Special Starter (Ingredients include: peanut meal, composted chicken manure, feather meal, rock phosphate, cocoa shells, Aragonite and sulfate of potash). Applied at planting. Fertrell Brand: Super N (Ingredients: feather meal, composted chicken manure, greensand, bone char, peanut meal, Chilean nitrate, sulfate of potash and gypsum). Applied at planting. Fertrell Brand: Liquid Fertrell 3 (Ingredients: fish solubles, kelp, water and phosphoric acid). Applied at planting and 2 to 3 times per season as a foliar plant food.
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. *
Typical weeds include annual and perennial varieties. Control methods include cultivation, hand hoe, hand weeding and mulching.
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. *
To date, our only problem insect has been the Colorado Potato Beetle. Control methods include handpicking when infestations were small. With heavier populations, we have used PyGanic Crop Protection EC 5.0 botanical insecticide (active ingredient: Pyrethrum). Applied at a rate of 4.5-18 ounces per acre. Applied twice in 2008. Bonide Colorado Potato Beetle Beater microbial insecticide (active ingredient: Spinosad). Applied at the manufacturer's recommended rate of 3 gallons per 1,000 sq. ft. (dilluted at 2 fl. oz. of Bonide per gallon of water). Applied twice in 2008.
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 not experienced any disease problems through our first three seasons (2006, 2007 & 2008).
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use Evansville city water. The source is the Ohio River
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

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
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
no
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. *
The farm is bounded on the west by New Harmony Road, a county highway. The road is approximately 100 feet from our nearest fields. It is a 65 foot wide road right-of-way. Across the road is the Daughters of Charity complex (retreat center, administrative offices, retirement home, etc.)which includes approximately 180 acres of mowed lawns, a lake and woodlands. The closest area of lawn is approximately 200 feet from our nearest field. To the north is a residential lot with a grass lawn. This yard is approximately 200 feet from our nearest field. To the east, our farm is bounded by a 100 foot wide wooded barrier. To the east of that are residential lots with grass lawns. These yards are approximately 200 feet from our nearest field. To the South is a 50 wooded barrier and creek. To the east of that is a residential lot and grass lawn. The neighboring yard is approximately 500 feet from our nearest field.

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. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
We are committed to the highest standards and will represent CNG with integrity.