Eat the Farm LLC. Solheim Market GardensOwner: Rachel Keniston
1542 Nesja Rd
Eleva, WI 54738
Eau claire County
408 Lincoln Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
daytime phone: (715) 559-9319
Web site: http://solheimwi.com
Application Date: 2017-12-11
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We grow our produce using natural, sustainable practices and believe qualifying for this certification is the best option for letting our customers know the quality of our product.
- 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? *
- On other farm websites.
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:
- 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: *
- We use a BCS walking tractor with tiller attachment to break ground for growing beds. After one till we switch to tarps, broadforks and the tilther for bed renovation.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- clover, peas, beans, vetch, oats, rye, brassicas
- Do you use Compost? *
- Do you use Manure? *
- If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
- We get composted manure from a local certified 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". *
- 15-20 tons per acre
- 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? *
- 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. *
- We have not brought in any other fertility sources
- 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. *
- Our primary weed problems are white cockle and milkweed. We weed beds by hand and hoe on a regular basis. Beds are planted heavily so once plants are established there is very little weed problem. The areas around garden beds are mowed regularly to keep weed seed drift at a minimum. We use occultation to smothering seedlings and turn over beds for new crops.
- 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 have picked potato beetles by hand, going through the potato and eggplants as needed. We have found that by having potatoes away from the eggplants, the beetles seem to prefer the potato and tend to not be as heavy on the eggplant. we keep out cabbage moth and flea beetles with small caterpillar tunnels covered in row cloth or netting. We have not used insecticide in our garden.
- 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 use bio intensive growing techniques which help prevent disease with crop rotation and smart plant choices to help keep soil clean and disease free. We are learning about proper watering techniques so we do not promote disease by watering crops the wrong way, or at the wrong time. We remove garden waste to a compost pile in a timely manner. We monitor crops daily for signs of disease so we can see and assess any given problem that may present itself.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- 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? *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- We have a neighbor who has a permaculture certification. Her business is Featherly Farms. We purchase our seeds and she starts them for us.
- 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). *
- We do not have any transplants that are not grown to CNG standards
- 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 crops are at least 100 yards from the closest road. This is a dead end road that borders our property to the south. We are at least 500 yards from County Road F to the West. In between us and County Road F is tillable acreage planted in cover crops, hilled woodland, and native plants. The nearest field that is planted in commodity crops is over 400 yards away, south and west of our crops. To the east of our crops is cover crop on tillable acreage, our neighbors driveway (roughly 100 yards), and then native grasses, forbs, and woodland. We have 40 acres of wooded area that we own to the north.
- 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: