Produce Application

Hexagon Projects & Farm, LLC

Owner: Pat Lang

Address:
N3260 390th St
Menomonie, WI 54751
Dunn County

daytime phone: (715) 316-9068
Web site: http://hexagonprojectsfarm.com

Application Date: 2018-03-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We intend to grow and manage our land with a high degree of integrity, and as we prepare for our first growing season, some type of certification is an important goal. While I appreciate that organic certification is widely recognized, I believe in a more grassroots approach and know that each new farm that chooses CNG contributes to increased familiarity of this certification option.
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? *
My farm training was completed at a CNG CSA Farm (Poughkeepsie Farm Project) and local farm friends in Wisconsin have been CNG for a few years (Racing Heart Farm).

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
4
Number of above acreage that you own: *
4
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
1
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
2
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
The land has been in Certified Organic hay production by a neighbor for the past 6+ years.
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: *
Tillage radish and other winter kill cover cropping, broad forking, use of silage tarp. Light surface tillage with hand tiller only when conditions are very difficult to manage otherwise.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat, tillage radish, oats, red clover, white clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased from Cowsmo in Cochrane, WI (contains composted manure); also on-farm produced
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". *
0.5 to 0.75 inches deep
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. *
working on complete fertility plan. We will be soil testing as soon as possible in the spring. We have Seaton silty loam that has been in organic hay production for several years, so we expect relatively low organic matter, but are assuming no significant mineral imbalances. We will focus strongly on increasing organic matter and total cation exchange capacity of the soil, and in the meantime a strong fungal network will help with availability of nutrients and overall health. In addition to amending, we will plant legumes and grasses, establish perennial beds in the annual crop fields, and reduce tillage, all of which works toward the goal of overall plant and microbe health. Depending on soil test results likely amendments include: dolomite lime, gypsum, and/or rock phosphate (all OMRI). We will be using OMRI approved granular mycorryzal inoculate in our potting mix, and in the field, foliar applications of fish hydrolysate/kelp/neem to provide trace minerals, fatty acids, and proteins that are expected to enhance fungal life in the soil and boost plant immune health.
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. *
Likely weed issues are grasses. We will practice occultation prior to all plantings and will surface till if grasses are especially bad.
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. *
Likely pest pressure includes flea beetle and cucumber beetle, and primary method of control will be via use of floating row cover. We do not intend to use any products against pests.
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. *
Various fungal and bacterial diseases in peppers and tomatoes, which are grown outdoors. Additionally, related challenges in cucurbit crops and potatoes. The approach to control will be 1) reducing plant-soil contact by initially using row cover and then mulching (leave, straw, compost) once growth accelerates; 2) application of health-promoting neem oil/kelp extract/compost tea mixture.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Dedicated farm well on the property.
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 - we use Green Potting Mix from Cowsmo - contains peat, compost, lime, perlite, rock phosphate, meat and bone meal, and kelp.
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. *
To the north is our house and barns, where no prohibited substances will be used. To the east is a certified organic hay field. South is a residential yarn separated from our crops by a row of trees and brush, plus 20 feet of fallow field. To the west is the road. Crops are grown at least 25 feet from the road and woody non-food perennials will be planted along this border.

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 our first season on this land, and we have only lived on the farm since late November. Therefore, the systems described have not yet been practiced, and the land is currently covered in a blanket of snow. We will be ready for inspection once field prep and planting has begun, late April. Any necessary adjustments to the details provided here are appreciated as early as possible so they may be put into practice early.