Produce & Flowers

Yooper Produce

Owner: Laura Marohnic

Address:
1168 9th Rd
Bark River, MI 49807-9713
Delta County

daytime phone: (906) 280-5434
evening phone: (906) 280-5434
Web site: http://www.yooperproduce.com

Application Date: 2021-01-20

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I still want to be part of the CNG, just inspections became impossible with no other CNG farms within 100 miles.
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? *
Previous member of CNG
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: *
18
Number of above acreage that you own: *
6
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3.5
Fruit Crops:
2.5
Hay:
12
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: *
Hand tiller and tractor tiller
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.): *
On farm only, grass clippings
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". *
2.5 wheelbarrow/ 1000 sq. ft.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Rabbits and Chicken
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". *
2.5 wheelbarrow/ 1000 sq. ft.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Early spring during tilling
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. *
NA
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. *
Weed cloth used in high tunnels, berry patches, and small garden. Tilling and hand weeding in large vegetable garden. Grass walkways and weed barrier cloth for blueberry field
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. *
Biggest challenge is white wing moths on fruit trees. Currently we can only watch for the slugs and spray leaves with water. Nothing organic has worked otherwise. We incorporate bird houses in the gardens to promote blue birds (protein based diet) to roost and hunt for insects in the gardens. We order organic lady bugs and release once per year in the high tunnels and they disperse to other areas of the gardens after the high tunnels are opened or there is no food source for them there.
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 had bacterial spots on our tomatoes and peppers this past year due to the high humidity lasting for so long. The winter season breaking down the soil should counter that same bacteria from coming back next year. We had a bad batch of potting soil also last year that destroyed over 50% of our transplants. All we could do was destroy the plants and start over.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water
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. *
I purchase only organic non-GMO. I collect my own seeds from my annual crops mostly. I only buy seeds for that are difficult to harvest seeds like cauliflower, brussel sprouts, broccoli if my season was not long enough for it to seed out.
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
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
Purchase Organic
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Pro Mix Organic but last year that was the one that was contaminated so I may shop for another brand this year.
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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. *
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. *
We are listed on the Drift site and our neighboring farmers do not spray the crops. The fields are mostly for hay and alfalfa. The one farm that might use sprays is one mile away and we have 3/4 mile of woods between us.

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: