Produce Application

GreenSpot Farm

Owner: Rich Olson

14410 sunset ridge rd
Woodstock, IL 60098
Mc henry County

daytime phone: (773) 259-8501
Web site: http://

Application Date: 2018-01-25

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I began my small scale farm a couple of years ago after a career in corporate communications. I wanted to do something that would be good for our environment and after lots of reading and research about our food systems I decided this was something I needed to do. For the past two years I have been building up the infrastructure and have also begun to sell at local farmers markets and on site. My growing philosophy is organic but as I mentined I am a small scale operation, less than 2 acres, so the expense of USDA Certified Organic was not really an affordable option and after some research I feel the Certified Naturally Grown certification would be perfect for my Farm. I promote myself as naturally grown/chemical free and with this certification I feel will help validate my growing practices to my current and future customers.
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? *
I’m part of the local master gardener program in my county, one of my colleagues knew about my operation and mentioned it to me as an alternative to the USDA Certified Organic.

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: *
I use a BCS tractor
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
During the season I use Buckwheat and this past fall planted a cover crop mix.
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Have purchased my compost from Midwest Organics Recycling
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". *
I usually spread about an 1”on each row prior to planting.
Do you use Manure? *
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. *
The land I’m using used to be horse pastures so there are tons of weeds, Curly Dock, Chickweed and Quick Grass are by far the most I have. My primary methods of control is digging them up, I have spent days on end each spring digging and digging. Throughout the season if the crop is long term such as tomatoes or peppers I have used plastic mulch for control, areas that get turned over frequently like lettuce I constantly go through with a hoe and then of course I’m constantly pulling throughout the season.
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. *
My two primary insect issues I’ve had are flea beetles and cabbage moths. For the beetles I have used row covers, diatamaceous earth and if possible select varieties that seem to be resistant. The moth i have primarily used row covers and as a last resort have used BT. I am currently researching organic methods to control certain insects but have not decided on any at this time.
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. *
Last year where I am located, in northern Illinois we had a wet cool spring and the result was an early blight on tomatoes, I had to apply copper sulfate to keep thing under control. I’m also practicing crop sanitation and rotation so hopefully I will not have major issues arise in the future.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
I primarily use our house well for the drip irrigation system, I also have a 1500 gallon rain tank that I hope to hook up to the drip system this year.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

How do you select your seeds? CNG standards call for growers to make a good faith effort to locate organically grown seeds by contacting at least 3 major suppliers. *
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 potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
If any transplants are not grown according to CNG standards, please list them here. (If they all are, put "N/A".) This produce may not be marketed as Certified Naturally Grown. *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
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. *
The areas I grow on are at least 400 years from the nearest commercial fields, they are also separated by a small forested area.


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. *
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