Produce Application

Glory Hill Family Farm, LLC

Owner: Angel Mikusak

Address:
1586 N 1300 W
Linton, IN 47441
Greene County

daytime phone: (812) 679-6063
evening phone: (812) 679-6063
Web site: http://gloryhillfamilyfarm.com

Application Date: 2017-02-18

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I want to let my customers know that they are truly receiving a naturally grown product.
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? *
other farmer's websites, internet research while looking at becoming USDA certified Organic...

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.25
Fruit Crops:
.25
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
3.5
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). *











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Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
We use minimal tillage. Till in spring before planting. We are however, trying to move to a no-till practice this year.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
gathered on farm. food scraps, lawn clippings, 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". *
1-2 inches deep
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
chickens
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 inch deep
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
spring
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. *
Neptune's harvest (throughout growing season) and organic mushroom compost (plan to use this season)
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. *
weeds are always an issue. Started using bio-degradable plastic mulch in some areas last season. but I am not set up to use it properly -- I don't have a mulch layer or proper irrigation lines to lay underneath. So, don't have a solid plan for using it this year, maybe in between rows to prevent weeds...I will more than likely sell it to a fellow farming friend. Pulling weeds is our normal practice. Use salt water in perimeter of property and driveway areas, not near growing areas. Plan to start flame weeding.
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. *
Various insect control methods are used, all organic. BT, Diatomaceous Earth, Insecticidal soap, Blackstrap molasses, Netting, hand picking, hand vacuuming, etc. we usually apply once a week near end of summer, when insect population increases.
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. *
Have not had any specific disease challenges. However, blossom end rot started to be an issue, until we adjusted the calcium level in our tomatoes with soil amendments.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We currently use city water, but are in the process of spring development on the property. Water in spring has tested to be pure, no contamination.
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. *
our farm is located several miles from another farm in all directions. to the North, we have all residential homes, with no gardening to speak of. To the West, there are several residential homes, followed by a thick forest, and about a 1/2 mile on the other side of the aforementioned forest, there is a small area that someone farms (several acres, planted in corn). To the South, we have all residential homes for several miles, city limits. To the East, we have all residential homes for several miles, also city limits. I don't believe our neighbors use lawn treatments, however, even if they did, we have 40 feet or more between our growing area and their yards, sufficient to prevent the risk of drift or run off.

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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