Sunny Harvest FarmsOwner: Kyle Froehlich
8241 Lake Road
Berrien Center, MI 49102
8585 East Eureka Road
Eau Claire, MI 49111
daytime phone: (269) 217-7561
Application Date: 2016-03-01
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I have been preparing a chunk of my ground for three years in order to grown and sell produce at the retail level.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- My father is certified.
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
- If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
- Conventionally, we grow strawberries, melons, apples, peaches, tart cherries, sweet cherries, sweet corn, tomatoes, eggplant, cut flowers, peppers, and potatoes. We understand that these are NOT CNG. At farmers markets, we will make it very clear to customers what piece of produce is conventional and which is CNG, by labeling, color coded table clothes, and keeping all the CNG produce on one side of the display and keeping conventional on the other side of the display.
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- Other Acreage:
- Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *
- Please Specify Any Other Items:
- Specifically, we grow the following crops using natural practices: onions, beets, radishes, zucchini, pickles, cucumbers, wax beans, kohlrabi, and leeks.
- 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: *
- Discing,chisel plow, and cultivation. (We do use the same plow and cultivators for conventional vegetables and CNG vegetables, but are power washed after each use in order to keep our conventional and CNG separated.)
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Do you use Compost? *
- Do you use Manure? *
- If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
- 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
- What time of year do you apply the manure? *
- Late February
- Do you apply any non-composted Manure within 120 days of veg-crop harvesting? *
- 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. *
- Fish oil through drop irrigation
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
- 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. *
- Plastic mulch is used with drip irrigation, we till in between rows to control weeds, and weeds are manually removed through the plastic. Another practice we use for weed control is only tilling one acre at a time in order to lay plastic and leave the other two acres to rye until it is needed.
- 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. *
- I use pyganic. We have a separate sprayer for spraying organic materials than our conventional sprayers.
- 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 use our organic sprayer and use regalia and I have also used omni certified copper to control blight and powdery mildew. We also plant staggered crops more often than our conventional because of the shorter life span with organics.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Drip irrigation through a well.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
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? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
- What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
- Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- If any transplants are not grown according to CNG standards, please list them here. (If they all are, put "N/A".) This produce may not be marketed as Certified Naturally Grown. *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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 plot is surrounded by a tree line and houses. he CNG plot is 50 yards south from our area of conventional vegetables, and all of our conventional fruit trees are at least 150 yards away. We will only spray conventional when it is calm or we have a south wind.
- 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: