Produce Application

Parkman Produce

Owner: Noah Yutzy

Address:
17050 Nash Road
Middlefield, OH 44062
Geauga County

daytime phone: (440) 321-5195

Application Date: 2017-10-11

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I'm looking to get out from under the overload of paperwork from my current certifier.
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
yes
If yes, please note which certification and agency: *
OEFFA - Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
OEFFA - since 2009
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Through ACRES magazine

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
14
Number of above acreage that you own: *
14
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
14
Fruit Crops:
0
Hay:
10
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
15
Other Acreage:
8 pasture
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: *
Horse-drawn tillage, plows, plasticulture
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Multi-variety - rye, peas, clover, tricale, barley, radish, brassicas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On-farm produced compost (between 3 and 4 years old before using)
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 bushel/100 feet with manure spreader
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
Lime, 5-4-5 (OMRI-listed Ohio Earth Foods)
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. *
Hand-weeding in a plastic row is simple. We use Plasticulture, and a one horse-drawn mower in between the rows, and a weed wacker as needed. We don't mind the weeds - if we get to them in time they are a free cover crop.
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. *
Flea beetles - we use row cover to combat them
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. *
Blight - copper and liquid fish, liquid crab, sea minerals and calcium
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water for the fields, pond water for the greenhouse. The pond is about 60 feet in diameter and about 8 feet deep. It has no known name.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
yes
If yes, please explain: *
Iron
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? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Nourse Farms
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
No
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). *
Strawberries
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. *
Road frontage - 150 feet from the nearest chemical neighbor West side - organic dairy farmer North - sheep farmer - pasture, buffer of 50 feet East side - pasture rented for horses with 150 feet to the nearest conventional farming operation

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 farm an Amish farm and is one of four organic farms in the area.