Produce Application

Long Valley Farm

Owner: Kelly Vallelunga

Address:
8350 East O ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Kalamazoo County

Mailing Address:
1616 Alamo Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49006

daytime phone: (269) 903-7706
Web site: http://www.longvalleyfarm.com

Application Date: 2020-05-23

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am looking for a cost effective way to be transparent with my customers about our growing practices. We follow most organic guidelines and work hard to build our soils.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
CNG 2011-2018
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Other farmers

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
100%
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
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: *
reduced/minimal tillage, tarping, mulching.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
oats, rye, buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Kalamazoo Landscape Supply, some leaves from local sources
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". *
3 wheelbarrows/100x3ft bed
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Pelletized chicken manure from Herbrook's poultry farm.
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". *
2/3 bucket per bed
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
before every planting
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. *
liquid crab & fish fertilizer (OMRI listed), sprayed on plants occasionally for a boost, Kelp meal mixed in with fertilizer for micro-nutrients, liquid Ca (OMRI) for tomatoes and pepepers.
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. *
Thistle!!!! Tillage, improved calcium/magnesium balance, more tillage. Annual weeds-manual weeding at white thread stage if possible, heavy mulching, landscape fabric.
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. *
Flea beetles. Row cover for everything. Potato beetles, hand pick often, crop rotation.
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. *
black rot. Crop rotation and reducing amount of brassicas grown. Downy mildew. Increase air flow, reduce moisture holding areas, growing disease resistant varieties.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Deep well 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. *
From seed catalogs. Johnny's mostly, Seed Saver's Exchange, occasionally from Territorial. Purchase mostly organic seed unless variety is not available.
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? *
yes
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
OMRI certified Pro-mix
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? *
no
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.) *
Conventional field to our south. Tree buffer but small
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. *
Vegetative buffer with about 150ft to nearest crops at this time. Corn/soybean 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: