Produce Application

Fox Trail Farm

Owner: Michael McCoy

Address:
1272 N. 75 E.
Albion, IN 46701
Noble County

daytime phone: (574) 536-2412
evening phone: (574) 536-2412

Application Date: 2012-04-11

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe in farming in harmony with the environment and nature instead of fighting against it. We use only natural methods to keep pests and weeds in check, use permaculture methods of building soil and want our customers to know this.
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? *
local harvest

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
8.2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
8.2
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
10
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
corn, beans, rye
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
.20
Hay:
7
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
13
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: *
rotary tiller and hand tilling
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
rye, vetch and buckwheat; are thinking of trying tillage radish
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on 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". *
1-2
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
duck manure from Woodview Acres Duck 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". *
1-2
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
in the spring and fall
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. *
'garden's alive organic fertilizer'--bone meal, blood meal, kelp meal, soybean meal, chicken manure, limestone rock
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. *
we have problems with the usual suspects: grass, dandelions, chickweed, lambsquarter.. We mostly hand pull and hoe. we also use corn gluten meal.
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. *
we have mostly problems with slugs, cabbage loopers, squash vine borers, squash beetles, tomato hornworms, flea beetles, japanese beatles. we use BT, diatomaceous earth, neem, spinosad, and a homemade solution of soap, capsacin, and oil. we also employ row covers. lots of hand picking. used only as needed.
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. *
fungal problem with tomatoes occassionally. we use a homemade recipe with baking soda, oil and water. we also mulch to keep water from splashing up on the plants. only water in the morning. remove diseased plant material immediately
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? *
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") *
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. *
to the north there is a woods and ravine for at least 100 yards; to the east is a wooded area at least 100 yards; to the south is a wooded area and pond and a neighbors yard about 30 yards; to the west is a road over 300 yards away.

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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