Produce & Flowers

Savory Accents

Owner: Ted or Joan Ballweg

1885 Range Trail
Verona, WI 53593
Dane County

daytime phone: (608) 848-4938
evening phone: (608) 848-4938
Web site:

Application Date: 2013-12-03

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
At Savory Accents we grow and process chile pepper products. We produce many different types of products that enhance foods with natural spicy flavors. Joan and Ted have collaborated on growing and process for more than 30 years. In August of 2008 we purchased a small property (5 acres) that we determined would be a great site for our all natural pepper production. We have enjoyed selling primarily at the Dane County Farmers' Market in Madison, WI. Many of our customers enjoy coming to our farm to see (and help) how we grow and process our chile peppers. Now that we are selling on-line ( we'd like to assure our new customers that our products are all natural and organically grown.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Several fellow vendors at the Dane County Farmers' Market have recommended we become Certified Naturally Grown and provided the contact information.
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *

Please Specify Any Other Items:
We primarily grow chile peppers. But we also grow tomatoes/carrots/onions/garlic/herbs for rotation and to incorporate in many of the products we process and sell.
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:
We sell our processed goods on line at

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We use walk behind roto tillers and hoes.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purple Cow Organics and our own compost from leaves gathered only from our farm/woods.
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 - 1 inch deep
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
We haven't used any at this time. Based on recent soil tests we may not need to.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
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 use two primary methods. Manual hoeing and mulching with marsh hay. Hoeing from planting until the plants are well established and then mulching. We intend to experiment with some biodegradable plastic mulches.
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. *
Chile Peppers do not have a significant number of pests. The primary control we use is to remove the plants after the growing season each year. This removes most of the eggs and next year's pest. We do remove tomato worms by hand.
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. *
The biggest concerns is soil borne blight diseases. The primary method of control is mulch. This prevents the soil from splashing onto the leaves during rain. We also try to minimize any irrigation over the top of the plants.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We primarily use well water from our own well. At times we use some collected rain water but during dry times it is difficult to have an adequate supply. We test our water each year.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *

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. *
Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
Do you grow your own transplants? *
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
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. *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
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. *
We live across a town road from a Dane County Park. The eighty acre park extends across the full length of the eastern side of our acreage. On the North and West sides of our property are 8 acres of wooded property. On the South end a large berm with a neighbors driveway runs the full length of this border. We have grass strips between garden tracts and even with gently sloping southern faced fields we do not have any erosion, even during heavy rains. Water exits our property during heavy rain, but doesn't enter anywhere. (part of this is due to field layout and part from the berms installed to protect them)


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: