Produce Application

Morning Sun Farms

Owner: Everett and Janet Marsh

Address:
1063 280th Ave
Frederic, WI 54837
Polk County

daytime phone: (715) 296-7909
Web site: http://www.morningsunfarms.net

Application Date: 2012-12-17

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We will be growing our vegetables organically and believe this certification will help us to market them for what they are.
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? *
online search

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
2
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
35
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
maple syrup
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: *
none
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Home farm/vermiculture yard waste/local grass clippings, local 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". *
unknown
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
local cows on farm chickens
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". *
unknown
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
not applicable
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. *
barm lime added to compost. Currently we are growing in the greenhouse in trays, using a mixture of Sun Gro Natural & Organic mix combined with Purple Cow Organic Activated Compost.
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? *
no
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. *
mulch, plastic
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. *
Aphids, hornworms, potatoe beetle, thrips. Our first line of defense is continuous monitoring, building healthy soil, keeping it clean, crop rotation, and managing moisture. We will also be incorporating beneficial insects. I have a number of recipes for sprays using ingredients like garlic, wormwood, cayenne, eggs, and pepper. As a last resort, we do have some OMRI approved chemicals on hand. They are PyGanic, SaferGro Mildew Cure, AzaGuard, Safer Insect Soap. We will likely get some Neem Oil to have on hand as well.
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, blight. we have a number of publications from our county extension office on organic management of these issues. However, our first line of defense is continuous monitoring, building healthy soil, keeping it clean, crop rotation, and managing moisture. We are starting all of our own plants from organic seed/soil and not bring in bedding plants, etc from other nurseries or garden centers. We have a no smoking policy. We will also be incorporating beneficial insects. I have a number of recipes for sprays using ingredients like garlic, wormwood, cayenne, eggs, and pepper. As a last resort, we do have some OMRI approved chemicals on hand. They are PyGanic, SaferGro Mildew Cure, AzaGuard, Safer Insect Soap. We will likely get some Neem Oil to have on hand as well.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
pond/well
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
no
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
yes
Maple sap is considered a wild crop. CNG's Wild Crop Harvesting Standard states that wild crop must be harvested in a manner that ensures that such harvesting or gathering will not be destructive to the environment and will sustain the growth and production of the wild crop. Please briefly describe any steps you take to protect and ensure the sustainability of your sugarbush. *
We use smaller taps, leaving less scarring.
Do you use an organic de-foamer? *
yes
In rural areas, woods have unfortunately been used as dumping grounds for all manner of garbage, including toxic waste. These dumps can contaminate the sap, and your syrup, if too close to your sugarbush. Will you refrain from tapping any trees that stand within 50 feet of old dumps (or recent ones!) in or near your sugar bush? *
yes
Over-tapping trees can stunt their growth. Do you (or will you) adhere to the Cornell Sugar Maple Research & Extension Program guidelines which state "trees 10-17 inches in diameter (31-53 inch circumference) should have no more than one tap. A tree 18-24 inches in diameter (57-75 inch circumference) should have no more than two taps. A tree larger than 25 inches in diameter (79-inch circumference) should have no more than three taps." *
yes
To maximize tree health and sap production, CNG supports Cornell's recommendation that all taps are 5/16" in diameter or smaller. Is this your practice, and if not, would you be willing to transition to 5/16" (or smaller) taps within the next three years? Please elaborate. *
Yes. We already do this.
Use this space if there's anything else you'd like to share about your maple operation. *
None.

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. *
Surrounded by water and wooded areas with no residence nearby.

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 have been away from our property for 4 years and have recently returned to begin a small commercial growing operation. We will also be adding hoop houses as we are able so we can grow healthy food year round. We have always used organic practices and especially since the land has been resting for 4 years, we thought it best to get started becoming certified right away. We plan to add an aquaponic operation, and we understand that CNG does not currently have standards or certify aquaponic production. We will indicate to customers which crops are CNG using clear signage and labels.