Produce Application

Tegeler Farm

Owner: Andrew Tegeler

Address:
6143 Druley Rd
Richmond, IN 47374
Wayne County

daytime phone: (765) 407-9662
evening phone: (765) 409-6446

Application Date: 2017-07-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
So that we can better market our natural approach to farming, and so that our customers have more faith in us to supply their family's with good natural food.
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? *
Through others farmers and researching farm certificates online.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
3.3acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
3.3acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.75
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Pastured poultry
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
Chickens and turkeys,in the future we plan on adding pork
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: *
We are minimal till. We tilled the land to establish the gardens but now we only use a broadfork and rake to prepare seedbeds.we occasionally turn under green manure with a tiller but would like to move toward rotary tilling in the future
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Sorghum, oats
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased from a local landscape company this year.I have been in contact with local lawn mowing companies asking them to drop off their leaves in the fall.
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". *
6 wheelborrws per 100'row
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
We use our chicken manure. We do not use any manure unless it has been composted for at least a year. And most if not all will be from livestock that is here on farm that way I know what they were fed and know there is no other chemicals or anything in it.
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". *
3 five gallon buckets per 100' row
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring and fall
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. *
None so far. if there is a need I would use natural amendments.
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? *
yes
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. *
Main weed problem is crab grass and this, we use stale seed beds to control weeds as well as torching with weed burner and hand 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. *
We use insect netting as a preventative measure for most crops, main pests are Japanese beetle and tomato catipillar which we just pull off by hand daily and feed to egg layers. we have used Bt to control tomato hornworm.
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. *
Disease is less common with such heavy composting but if I were to have an issue I would probably research the best natural way of fixing the issue or I would cut my losses and replant in a different bed. Our main thing against disease is crop rotation.every year we come up with a plan so that the same crop is not planted in the same bed twice in a minimum of five years.and we always try to have a full year furlow for an entire garden.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Irrigation is over head impact sprinklers set up in zones so that the whole garden gets watered evenly as well as drip tape under black plastic mulch for all nightshades, cucumbers, and zucchini. Water source is a well but I have plans to harvest rain water and store it in a cistern in the near future
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? *
yes
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.) *
To the South is a conventional field that grows corn and soybeans that is 35 -45' away to the east is another field set back by 200'
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. *
Conventional farm ground surrounds my property so I set my gardens away from the fields by 35' and plan on creating either a natural buffer with trees or a synthetic material

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:
This is a first year garden started Early spring of 2017. The previous use of the land I am growing on was horse pasture for many years.