Kingdom Farms IndyOwner: Austin Moxley
9463 North County Road 75 West
Lizton, IN 46149
daytime phone: (317) 517-7011
evening phone: (317) 517-7011
Web site: http://kingdomfarmsindy.com/
Application Date: 2017-03-12
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- Kingdom Farms Indy is seeking to become Certified Naturally Grown in large part because we want a way to show our customs that we really do follow growing practices that ensure our produce is free from chemicals. Simply saying we don't isn't enough for us, we want a third party to that stands with us to show the community that our produce is what we say it is. Austin, the owner of Kingdom Farms Indy is a first generation farmer, and he is working hard to start this farm this year. As such, money is also tight and while we have sought Organic Certification (and been accepted into the program) our farm currently can't accept that level expense for certification. In our study of reliable certifications, we found Certified Naturally Grown is the exact program we were looking for that will help us get our farm started without burdening us with additional expenses. Thank you!
- 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? *
- Kingdom Farms was seeking Organic Certification for our farm but in the first year, the expenses were too much for our first year. So we did more research and started to read online that many small farms went with CNG. Once we learned about your program we did more research and found out that this would help us start our farm in a way we didn't think possible.
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:
- 25 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: *
- For our first year, we did plow the land that we are growing on. This land has never been farmed so it's always had plants growing on it. This year for planting we plowed and disked the field using an organic only tractor with an organic only plow.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- Do you use Manure? *
- If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
- Local organic dairy.
- 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". *
- One ton per acre.
- What time of year do you apply the manure? *
- 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. *
- 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. *
- For weed management, we use a combination of burning the top of the soil to kill all plant life before planting. Then once cooled we apply tarps to the ground and transplant plants into holes in the tarp.
- 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 are using a method of permaculture growing in order to bring in more birds and small animals that can help reduce the number of insects present on the farm. If we encounter a pest challenge in the future that is not sufficiently controlled by preventative practices then I like to rip the plant out of the ground and burn it. I have noticed if I don’t get rid of the infected plant that it will start to spread to everything else. I especially use this technique when encountering vine bores.
- 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 focus on short growing cycles with all crops. This is our plan to reduce the possible disease appearance in plants.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Underground well on our property along with rain water collection.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- 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? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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") *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- Cox Nursery. A local nursery near us that provides starts growing in greenhouses. - I have been able to confirm with Cox Greenhouse that the plants are grown using sterile soil when germinated and potted up with potting soil that has no synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents. They do not use any pesticides on any of their plants.
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- 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). *
- 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. *
- Our two-acre field is surrounded by homes and trees. We are an organic farm so our surroundings are a neighborhood setting. Towards the north of the property is our house and we do not use fertilizers on that side of our property. We only use fertilizers on our front yard and that’s over 100 feet away from the property that we grow on. We also do not use any synthetic herbicides or insecticides anywhere on our property. Towards the east there is no use of fertilizers, synthetic herbicides, or insecticides. Also to the south there is no use of any chemicals. To the west our neighbor fertilizes his yard, but that’s over 100 feet away as well. We have another 2.0 acres that are owned by our family that has a large tree line on the far side of our land away from the field. This tree line is a large buffer from the field across the road. This buffer, along with more trees and two acres separating us from the field is our buffer. We are also planning to plant more trees to continue buffer efforts.
- 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:
- We are a first year farm started by a first generation farmer with a passion to deliver quality food to the community we serve.