Produce Application

Prairie Pines Community Farm, Community Crops

Owner: Aaron French

Address:
112th and Adams st.
Lincoln, NE 68527
Lancaster County

Mailing Address:
1551 S 2nd St.
Lincoln, NE 68502

daytime phone: (402) 990-4170
evening phone: (402) 990-4170
Web site: http://www.communitycrops.org/farm

Application Date: 2013-01-17

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
we are interested in exploring a certification process so that we can use it as a learning tool for our beginning growers as they try determine the future of their operations
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? *
Practical Farmers of Iowa Conference, and Pleasant Valley Farms in New York

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
6
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
3
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
seeds
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: *
tractor with plow and disc, along with smaller tillers
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Vetch, rye, clover, oats, sudan grass, cow peas and maybe others in the future
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
purchased complete from a local dairy and applied during the fall/winter and incorporated with a spreader and disc/harrow
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". *
60 yards for 3.5 acres
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
none yet, but depending on production this first year we may employ other fertility sources to bring the soil into balance.
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. *
this is an new growing site for us so weed pressure maybe harder to predict but we hope to use cover crop rotations to out compete the weeds. On plots in production we employ strict 'no weed to seed' policy and with mow crops that are weedy and close to setting seed.
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. *
squash bugs, vine borers, and cucumber beetle we control with floating row cover and surround. other worms we control with Bt and/or diatomaceous earth. wire worms will could be a significant problem for the next couple years since land is being taken out of pasture but we are limiting our growing of root veg for this reason. (and hoping the populations lessen during the coming years)
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 will likely encounter common squash diseases along with other common problems (club root, powdery mildew, downy mildew) that we will control by using row cover to stop insects from spreading the disease. Infected plants will be removed and all crops residue with be incorporated deeply into the soil (or removed) and a proper rotation will be used to ensure there is no build up in the soil.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well on site
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? *
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 farm fields near by, although we are not sure if they spray at all or how often.
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. *
Three sides (east, north and south) of the property are protected by large (more than 300 yards) woodlands or hay fields. On the west side lies a tree line, road and another tree line before our neighbours 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 do not want to officially apply (yet) I guess more discussion need to take place on our end, but I was interested in filling the application and seeing how that stands with CNG staff/volenteers.