Produce Application

Heritage Acres

Owner: Lana Zimmer

Address:
8139 S. 1000 W.
Rensselaer, IN 47978
Jasper County

daytime phone: (219) 869-1926
evening phone: (219) 869-1926
Web site: http://heritageacres.co

Application Date: 2013-06-23

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
The practices that we implement on our farm follow the guidelines of CNG, and we want to be able to let the public know that we are committed to sustainable farming and that our produce is of the highest quality.
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? *
My friends at Perkins Good Earth Farm are certified.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2
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:
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:
Internet sales

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Shallow tillage
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
cowpeas, sorghum sudan grass, crimson clover, white clover, oats, buckwheat, field peas, annual rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, locally collected leaves
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 inch deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
neighbor with horses
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 inches deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Late 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. *
Fertrell products: Jersey Green Sand, Aragonite, Blue N 5-1-1, Earth Friendly 5-5-3 Applied as amendments based on soil test results
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 a challenge with a new field that has low organic content, high pH, very high phosphorus and potassium, very low nitrogen, and low calcium. Our weed challenges include crab grass and sand burs. We are controlling through hand cultivation in our cropping areas, and have planted cover crops to suppress weeds and build soil health in other areas.
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. *
Insect challenges are Colorado potato beetles and squash bugs. We control them through manual removal and when absolutely necessary, we use Pyganic at a rate of 1 oz. per gallon of water.
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. *
Our heirloom tomatoes may be prone to Septoria leaf spot. I plan to rotate the tomatoes avoiding using the same area for at least three years.
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 east is a 250' boundary along conventional corn and beans, and the south is 200' of the same. 50 feet separates our fields from where conventional corn and soybeans are grown. To the north is more than 1/2 mile of riparian area and the Iroquois River. The remaining southern boundary and to the west is my home with some mowed grass (no additives of any kind every put on) and 2 acres of a prairie restoration. Our property is 10 acres total, and we farm approximately 1/2 acre per year, rotated over a two acre area with cover crops in between our vegetable crops. My fruit and trees are in my yard, which never gets synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides.

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 a new start-up farm, and soon to put up a 30'X72' high tunnel. We plan to position it to provide additional buffer between the conventional fields.