Produce Application

Prairie Winds Heritage Farm LLC

Owner: Richard & Cheryl Feucht

Address:
1077 E 200 N
Fairfield, ID 83327
Camas County

daytime phone: 12087212649
evening phone: 12087212649

Application Date: 2018-03-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We put a lot of effort into growing and raising produce in a natural and sustainable way. We are seeking the validation from a National Organization to confirm that our practices meet certain standard and buyers/customers don't have to 'take our word' that we are all that we claim to be. It will also set us apart from other sellers.
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? *
A Market/ Gardner Facebook page

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
0.5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2.5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
0.5
Fruit Crops:
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
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: *
Rototiller
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Buckwheat
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm
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 wheelbarrows per 475 sqf
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
on farm poultry compound
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". *
5 wheelbarrows per 475 sqf
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
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. *
Molly Magic soil amendment - volcanic zeolite Nutri-Rich 4-3-2 - https://www.groworganic.com/media/pdfs/f442-m.pdf Cascade Minerals- Soil Booster - http://www.cascademinerals.com/products/ Redmond Natural Conditioner - http://www.redmondagriculture.com/products/soil/ Chilean Nitrate Fertilizer 16-0-0
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? *
no
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. *
Mainly by hand pulling and cultivating. Noxious weeds - Safe-Gro WeedZap http://www.safergro.com/products/weed-zap/ yearly for 4 weeks each spring
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 limited pest problems which would include caterpillars and beetles. These are hand picked from the crops wireworm is controlled by crop rotation
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. *
Botrytis Neck Rot of Garlic -Botrytis neck rot causes frequent and significant losses to garlic. First symptoms appear in spring or early summer in the form of water-soaked neck rot near the soil line. After infecting the pseudostem, the fungus grows downward towards the bulb attacking the inner axis and leaving the exterior asymptomatic at first. After curing, the outer wrappers of affected bulbs often display an intense purplish discoloration and deterioration. The inner wrappers may at this point become hardened brown or black. Management will include, culling, using less compost, cultivating the soil for better air flow and getting a faster drying time by cutting most foliage rather than letting the stem naturally cure.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
rain water and well
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? *
no
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Organic Nursery for most veggies. Dixondale Onion starts out of Texas
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
The supplier is certified organic. https://www.azurestandard.com/healthy-living/organic-garden-plants-starts/. Dixondale - Email.
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). *
Dixondale Onions relay that they are totally GMO free, though not free from synthetic ferts and pesticides. They have signed notifications for cert purposes that they send along for some clients verifying the items used on the starts, and I have this available for certification purposes.
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. *
Three sides of the property (south, north and east) are surrounded by foothills and open prairie that have no farm use. The 4th side (west) borders a dirt county road. There is a possibility of noxious weed control to the 6' ditch in front of the property. There is an acre of pasture (currently unused) between this area and the gardens and poultry compound.

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:
Our journey began 8 years ago with a desire for clean (free of GMO/pesticides/herbicides) food. As we expanded, our growth allow us to introduce others to clean food at farmer's market and we found a niche. Three years ago we were asked to become a vendor to a newly formed food co-op that would supply 3 small neighboring towns with clean, naturally produced food. The idea has exploded and the co-op (over 40 vendors) has received the designation of local food hub. The co-op includes some organic farms and a number of us that use natural methods. We are seeking the designation to further confirm to our buyers that the food they are purchasing is clean, naturally produced and best of all...local.