Produce Application

The Silver Maple Farm

Owner: Sharon Steinhoff

Address:
1670 Sever Rd.
Frankfort, OH 45628
Ross County

daytime phone: (740) 656-4592
evening phone: (740) 656-4592
Web site: http://www.thesilvermaplefarm.com

Application Date: 2015-03-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I feel that it is not only in our own best interest to pursue this avenue of certification, but also in the best interest of our customers. We currently state our produce is grown from seeds/plant stock of organic and non-GMO origins, and is chemical free, but I would like to take this to the next level where we have an organization to back us up. We do not have anyone in our area at this point in time that is CNG and would like to bring the movement to our area so people understand the importance of it, and also see other farms pursue this certification.
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? *
A year-and-a-half or so ago I read an article in Hobby Farm that mentioned CNG. Up until that time I had not heard of it, only knowing about organic certification.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1
Number of above acreage that you own: *
1
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
0.25
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
6.25
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: *
We utilize minimal tilling, crop rotation, and amend garden areas with composted animal/plant materials after fall harvest.
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.): *
The only compost we use is from our farm, which is comprised of poultry/sheep manure and straw/hay.
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". *
Between 1 - 2 inches of composted material.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Manure is from our poultry and sheep, which is in combination with other composted material of hay/straw.
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 as composted material
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
In the fall, after we are finished harvesting.
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. *
We do not use any brought in fertility sources at this time.
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. *
Our primary weed issues revolve around thistle bushes and poke weed. When we see them growing, we pull them out if they are small enough, or dig them up with a shovel.
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. *
Our primary insect challenges in the past have been slugs on lettuce. We pick them off as we look through the leaves. We have also used approved soap as directed. We had issues with Japanese beetles, but found rose bushes that had been planted here before us were the culprits, so we dug them up and have not had issues since. We are looking into various beneficial insects and would like to try this method.
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. *
One likely challenge we come upon from time to time is blossom end rot on our tomatoes. In the past we have amended the soil with bone meal and oyster shell when we transfer plants to the ground or placed it around already planted tomato plants when we saw it developing. I have read how inconsistent watering and how water is applied can be a culprit, so I will be working on deep penetrating consistent watering to help alleviate this.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Our well is the source of water for irrigation.
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? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
We have purchased herb transplants from Companion Plants in Athens, Ohio.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
Yes.
Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
We have not purchased any transplants that would not meet CNG standards.
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.) *
We have conventional farm fields around us. I do not know what types of pesticides and other items that are used on the fields. Because our garden area is not large, when the farmers are preparing their fields for planting, we cover our garden area with tarps to help keep residual dust and spray off. Last year the field that surrounds us on four sides utilized a no-till method for planting soybean, which was a first. In the fall the farmers do not harvest until late, when our gardening is finished. Many times they don't harvest until mid-winter.
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. *
We are surrounded by farming crops on all sides. To the north we have a forested area and some of our pasture/grazing land not in garden use as a buffer. This is also the case for the area to the east. The gardening area is at the front of our land, which has a one lane road and roughly 20 - 25 feet from the farmers field. This farmers field, however, has been in a government program for years to lay unused. I do not know what it's future intended use is. To the south of the garden area is the rest of the field, which also encompasses the northern and southern sides of our land. It is a farm field where corn has mainly been grown, however last year was the first year they planted soybeans and utilized a no-till method for planting, and didn't observe any spraying or dusting. Our growing area is 40.5 ft from that 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 are a small family farm with big dreams, one of them to become part of CNG to not only assure consumers we are what we say we are, but also to spread the news of the importance of this program. Along with having gardens to provide vegetables and herbs, we also have several beehives. We would like to also participate in the CNG program for this. However, we are very new to hives and do not have anyone that we have found to raise their bees to your standards in our area. We are doing what we feel is necessary to follow them, though. We also raise several types of sheep and would like to eventually bring them into CNG.