Produce Application

Morning Star Family Farm, LLC

Owner: Kathleen Roxas

Address:
4504 State Road 83
Hartford, WI 53027
Washington County

daytime phone: (262) 670-6561
evening phone: (262) 670-6561
Web site: http://www.morningstarfamilyfarm.net

Application Date: 2015-08-26

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have followed CNG/organic standards since beginning our farm and believe that having the CNG certification will help our customers to better understand the way we grow the products we sell.
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? *
Online

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
18
Number of above acreage that you own: *
18
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.6
Fruit Crops:
0.6
Hay:
16.8
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:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We do not till our pasture/hayland. Our garden areas are tilled with a tractor-mounted rototiller as needed (annually or less).
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Before planting our pasture we used a cover crop of winter rye. In the garden we have used white clover, soybeans, and oats as cover crops.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We compost manure (from our own animals) mixed with garden wastes from our garden.
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". *
Anywhere from an inch to several inches.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We compost manure (from our own animals) mixed with garden wastes from our garden.
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". *
Anywhere from an inch to several inches.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall and spring, depending on the crop
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. *
Five years ago we purchased humical and micro nutrients from Midwestern Bio-Ag and spread it on our fields prior to seeding our pasture.
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. *
In the garden we struggle against the local regular weeds--lambs' quarter, ragweed, and thistle. We control these by mechanical means (hand weeding, wheel hoe, rototiller) and physical barriers (straw). In the pasture our main weed issues are in spots where the foot traffic of the animals destroyed the pasture plants and weeds covered the resulting bare spots. We are working to control this by clipping (especially by making hay before seeds set).
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. *
We have had trouble with cucumber beetles, but noticed that better fed plants survived the attacks better. We are working to decrease pest problems by increasing the quality of our soil and, thus, the plant itself.
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. *
We see rust on the orchardgrass in the pasture, but have not needed to treat it. We work in a prophylactic way with the orchard fruits--spraying them with a holistic mixture of fish emulsion, beneficial microbes, natural soap, Neem oil, kelp, and organic molasses in the early spring to help prevent problems with disease.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water, tested annually
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? *
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.) *
There are conventional farm fields across the road to the west and south of our farm. We are protected by buffers of the road and right-of-way on both sides of the road.
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 are houses. To the east of our fields are woods which we own. 60 feet to the south is a conventional farm field separated from us by a road. 80 feet to the west is a conventional farm field separated from us by a road and brush.

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: