Produce Application

Ricter Farm

Owner: Joan Ricter

Address:
4350 Vilas Rd.
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
Dane County

Application Date: 2015-03-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Mainly as a resource and to lend credibility to our farm.
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? *
web

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
7
Number of above acreage that you own: *
7
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.8
Fruit Crops:
0.2
Hay:
6
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
2
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: *
Rototiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Hairy Vetch and Winter Rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, grass, vegetable debris, aged manure, purchased bagged compost from Purple Cow
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". *
3 wheelbarrow loads total each year when transplanting seedlings, only used on 1/5 of an acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
one sheep on farm and aged manure from pen
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". *
6 wheel barrow loads in compost
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
into compost pile year prior to use
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. *
Purple Cow Seed Starter Mix - compost base(ingredients below), sphagnum peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, gypsum, limestone, OMRI listed granular fertilizer Purple Cow Activated Compost - yard trimmings, worm castings, kelp meal, bone meal, rock phosphate, greensand Both are used to start and grow seedlings
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. *
flower of an hour, burdock, crabgrass, pink weed - hand weeding, rototiller, hoe weeding, cover crops are left in some rows and mowed as needed - wheat straw is brought in off site for use as a mulch
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. *
Japanese Beetles, Cucumber Beetles, Cabbage Moths - have experimented with hand picking Japanese Beetles from raspberry plants, crop rotation and interplanting of crops is done to lessen insect problems as is growing next to forests and trees to attract beneficial predators
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. *
Septoria Leaf Spot on tomato plants - leaves are hand picked and disposed of or left on, crops are rotated each year to lessen the impact.
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, also used for drinking water. Nitrates tested at a normal level about a year ago.
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 North a 150 foot wooded area separates us from a residential home, to the East 30 foot wide tree line buffer separates us from a residential home, to the South a 30 foot tree line buffer separates us from a field where conventional corn is grown - there is 320 feet of hay field and tree line between vegetable and fruits and conventionally grown corn, to the West a 20 foot buffer separates us from a road with residential and fallow land on the other side of the road

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. *
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