Produce Application

Perdue Farm

Owner: Ken Perdue

Address:
7215 Little Platte Rd
Edgerton, MO 64444
Platte County

daytime phone: (816) 728-0315
evening phone: (816) 728-0315

Application Date: 2016-02-14

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Our small farm grows and sells produce using only natural practices using no chemicals of any sort. We run a farm stand, list our products on localharvest.org, and sell to local restaurants who demand exceptional quality produce grown naturally
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? *
I originally read about CNG through Mother Earth News. I have done extensive research on CNG vs USDA Organic and speak to a lot of colleges and universities about the benefits of both.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3
Number of above acreage that you own: *
20
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
10
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
7
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:
People at work and church

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Shovel and hand tractor.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
When a crop has all been harvested, I let the native weeds grow up in that area and then till it all under in late fall to add organic compounds to the soil.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Coffee, shredded papers, dryer lint, hay from the chicken coop, and some food waste. Most of our general food waste is fed to the chickens so that they will accelerate the composting.
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 per 1000sq ft bi-annually
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Our chicken manure and our neighbors cattle manure.
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 ton per acre 2
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Late fall (November/early Dec)
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. *
None. Considering Alpaca manure (from neighbor) but have never used
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. *
The weed problems were excessive last year due to the incessant rain. This caused my garden to get out of control. I usually hand weed and how but had to resort to tilling between rows for weed management. I avoid tilling for weed control to prevent erosion but had to in order to salvage all my crops. For tomato blight, we put egg shells that we powder around the plant when fruit begins to grow. We experienced a blight on our spinach this year for the first time. My wife had been making cheese from the raw milk that we buy. We ended up spraying the spinach with whey and it eliminated the blight after 2-3 applications.
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 experienced little insect problems other than the seasonal grasshoppers. The grasshoppers primarily impact our green beans. We grow enough green beans and have to harvest them every other day that we always have excess. We feed the impacted beans to the chickens. We also allow our chickens to range the garden one day a week during this season. We also had stink bugs attack our spaghetti squash this year and ruined about 80% of our crop. I learned that as long as I harvested the squash right when the stem started to shrivel that I could control the bugs. They only ate the ones that were ripe. Our leaf plants we harvest frequently enough that bugs usually don't impact them. When a bug has eaten some holes in our leaf plants (spinach, kale, lettuce) we will use those leafs for our personal consumption and for the chickens and will use the prime leafs for sale or charity.
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 have not experienced any major disease problems that we have not been able to treat with whey or frequent harvest. Our primary challenge is climate change either causing drought or excessive rainfall.
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 30'x40' barn and a 40'x80' barn that we collect rainwater off of. We use 2 55 gallon drums to collect the water and let all overflow continue to fill our pond.
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

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? *
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? *
Planters Seed
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). *
The only transplant that we grew last year that we could not confirm the fertilization was broccoli. We only grew 6 plants to see if our soil could grow it and only used the broccoli for personal consumption. We have now confirmed with Planters Seed and Supply that they carry an organic line. These will be the vegetable bedding plants that we will be using. (I believe these are the ones we purchased in the past, but don't have the receipts to be sure. We will keep auditability in mind in the future!)
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. *
The only field that uses conventional agriculture is northeast of our homestead across the road. It is at least 150 yards from our gardens and is blocked by the house, bushes, trees, yard, and 2 barns. Except in late fall and winter, the wind never comes out of the NE.

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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