Produce Application

Happy Horn's Farm and Orchard

Owner: Benjiman Horn

Address:
1810 Cty Rd. 25
La Crescent, MN 55947
Houston County

Mailing Address:
460 Larch Ave.
La Crescent, MN 55947

Application Date: 2017-06-19

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I have been a small scale organic grower for several seasons. I currently sell locally at a farmers market, csa, and restaurants. Starting off, I have not been interested in certification for my operation and I depend on word of mouth and earning my customers. Moving forward, this type of program would attract the buyer that needs the stamp of approval. I understand the importance of growing naturally and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. This certification would help me attract new customers and give me an advantage in growing my business.
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? *
Growing for Market subscription.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
1.5 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
1.5 acres
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
<30
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
alfalfa is grown by another farmer.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1.5
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
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: *
I use a BCS rotary plow to make raised beds and then follow with a power harrow to prepare the surface.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Spring and fall green manure mixes on beds with clovers in walkways.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm materials, chicken manure, and produce scraps from local coop.
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 to 2 inches on beds
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
On farm 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 to 2 inches
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
fall or early 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. *
I use a seaweed/ fish emulsion for transplants.
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. *
Common weed problems solved using various hand hoes, wheel hoe, stale seed bed techniques, and good ole hand pulling.
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. *
Last year, I dealt with Colorado potato beetle by applying neem oil. Otherwise, I plant many beneficial insect plants and rely on mother nature. This current year, purchased anti-insect netting to practice the technique.
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. *
Past couple seasons I have dealt with cucumber issues which I believe to be Mosaic virus. I am battling this issue by creating a better weed free zone.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well
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" - I make my own potting mix which consists of organic potting soil, peat moss, and perlite.
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. *
Currently using about 1.5 acres for the garden that is adjacent to a 20 acre alfalfa field (not sprayed) to the west surrounded by forest. Directly to the south is my fathers home with yard, gardens and chicken coop. Further south from the garden approximately 100 yards is a County Highway. Directly to the east is forested goat pasture on a side hill surrounded by a creek and swamp. North of the garden is more alfalfa (not sprayed) surrounded by forest.

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:
The ultimate goal is to manage all tillable acreage adjacent to the gardens as it becomes available. I aim to be self sustaining as possible with little off farm inputs. Each year, I plant more cover crops and beneficial plants for bees and predatory insects. Biodynamic and sustainable practices are my goal in producing a diverse ecosystem on the farm. I have an A.A.S. degree in Natural Resource Management in addition to a B.S. in Geography and Earth Science. With my formal education and self taught knowledge of growing organically, I feel that my farm meets and exceeds what it takes to be organic and naturally grown.