Produce & Flowers
Health by PlantsOwner: Dave Schliepp
N3714 30th Drive
Pine River, WI 54965
Web site: http://www.healthbyplants.com
Application Date: 2016-08-14
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- Starting up a new produce farm (about 1/2 acre). Will primarily be doing crop trials this summer and next, with a few farmers markets in 2017, then starting CSA shares (10-20) in 2018. We are far too small to try to get Organic certification, and I do not want to maintain that level of record keeping or that expense, however consumers still look for "organic" food. This certification looks perfect for our needs and I hope this movement spreads even further (which it will through public education).
- 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? *
- The Market Grower Book.
- How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *
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? *
- 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:
- 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: *
- Disc (fields) or compact tiller (raised beds in greenhouse).
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Incorporate alfalfa or clover into standard crop rotation
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- On farm: organic food scraps, grass clippings, weeds, pine needles and leaves
- 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". *
- Generally used as side dressing, although we do mix in about 1
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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 at this time. Pending professional soil testing. Kelp meal has been added into compost in the past.
- 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. *
- Primarily grasses and thistle. In greenhouse it is managed via hand removal or compact/electric tiller. In fields weeds are managed with a tractor pulled cultivator or manual removal.
- 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. *
- Aphids: Primarily an issue inside greenhouse. Sprayed with hose/water to remove, also practice IPM with use of ladybugs/lacewings. Potato Beetle: Manual removal Grubs: Have attempted one application of beneficial nematodes in July (too soon to tell if successful)
- 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. *
- None at this time, however will watch for things like blight & potato virus issues. Primary means of preventing recurrence will be through a 4 or 6 crop rotation. Fungicides or synthetic means will never be used.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Rainwater collection (primary) or well water (backup).
- 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? *
- 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 is a conventional farm (suspected, unsure about actual applications as we have little contact with them) field across the road to the west, however local sprayers are generally very good about not applying in high winds. Prevailing wind is southwest and it is unlikely that there would be a significant risk of spray drift directly on our 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. *
- No nearby fields to the North/South or East. To the west (direction of nearest convention corn/soybean field), we are separated by a road as well as (on our own property), 25-50 yards of property which has a mix of pine trees, deciduous, sumac (thick) and native grass.
- 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: