Produce Application

Lane's End Farm

Owner: Lizanne & R. Corey Aquino

Address:
16521 Broadway Street
Lowell, IN 46356
Lake County

daytime phone: (219) 775-3009
evening phone: (219) 775-3009
Web site: http://lanesendfarm.wordpress.com

Application Date: 2015-02-21

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been farming for over 23 years with organic practices. With the increase of small farms, all growing differently, we see a need for a third party certification. We want to become Certified Naturally Grown because our farmers markets are requiring third party certification. We like the fact the CNG governs itself and is geared towards small farms like us.
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? *
Researching on the internet. Also some vendors at the markets we attend have become Certified Naturally Grown.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
10
Number of above acreage that you own: *
10
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
10
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
10
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 moldboard plow once every 5-7 years on our heavy clay soils. We chisel plow, rotary till and shallow cultivation.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Rye, hairy vetch, buckwheat, winter wheat, weeds.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Import raw materials; straw, wood shavings, oak leaves and animal manure (horses, cows, swine, goats). On farm; crop residue, vegetable culls.
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". *
180-250# per 135 ft bed depending on the crop
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.
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. *
Primary weed problems are canadian thistle, foxtail, grasses. We mulch, cultivate, till, hand pull, hand hoe, flush and swear at them. We manage our weeds for soil health.
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 greatest pest challenges are squash bugs, flea beetles, hornworm and potato beetle. We mainly hand pick. We plant multiple plantings. We leave wild areas for beneficial insects. We bolster plants defense with sea kelp. We use 3 applications of sea kelp in a growing season. Did I mention we hand pick?
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. *
Black spot and powdery mildew on basil, cucumber and squash plants. Early blight and septoria leaf spot and damping off on tomato plants. We use air circulation, drip irrigation, soil health, crop rotation, multiple plantings,and we destroy the crop if the disease takes over.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We have a 80 foot deep drilled well.
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") *
They are all grown according to CNG methods.
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 north conventional crops are grown on an average of 50 feet buffer with trees, grasses, osage hedge as natural buffer. To the west is conventional grown crops average 70 feet buffer with trees, naturalized area, road as natural buffer. To the south is residential with no sprays being used. To the east is residential with no sprays. The residential is just 1 land owner that does not spray.

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 an absolute minimal input farm. We will not/have not used any insecticides or disease control sprays synthetic or organic. We want nothing to negatively impact our farm.