Produce Application

The Berry Patch

Owner: Glen Olson

Address:
4827 Radio Road
Dexter, KY 42036
Calloway County

daytime phone: (270) 226-3361
evening phone: (270) 437-0074
Web site: http://kentuckyberrypatch.com/

Application Date: 2018-03-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I HAVE TRIED TO GROW WITH ORGANIC PRACTICES FOR MANY YEARS. I FIND IT VERY EXPENSIVE AND PROBLEMATIC TO CERTIFY USDA ORGANIC. THE APRIL ISSUE OF ACRES USA MAGAZINE HAS AN ARTICLE ON CNG AND I AM RESPONDING. GLEN
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? *
Acres USA magazine, letter to the editor.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
15
Number of above acreage that you own: *
ALL
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
tom,carrots,beets,celery,brussel sprouts,etc
Fruit Crops:
blueberries straberries,aronia,elderberries,honey berries,blackberries
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
5
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: *
roto tilling,cultivation
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
wheat, clover, weeds
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm leaves and grass/weed clippings power line chips
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". *
2 inches around plants
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. *
OMRI-listed Allganic Chilean nitrate 15-0-2 rate 0f 6 oz per blueberry plant
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
yes
If yes, as per the Certification regulations, it is acceptable to apply chelated chemical fertilizers to correct specifical micronutrient imbalances as listed on a recent soil test. Does the application of this fertilizer meet those requirements? *
no
If Yes, please specify types, amounts and application dates: *
these parcels are in cover crops for transition to natural
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
yes
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
Conventionally farmed till fall of 2017. Now in cover crops for soil building.
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. *
hoeing, pulling,roto tilling, and string mowing
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. *
bag worms - traps and hand removal. birds - just live with 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. *
cane canchor. removal and burn infected canes. any other new challenges, I would consult with deerfield supple for OMRI labeled products
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
public and well water i intend to drill another well
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
yes
If yes, please explain: *
clorination I plan to drill another well
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 - potting mix is my own mixture, mostly compost from my chicken pen.
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? *
yes
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
neighbor is conventional and is asked to be careful with wind. my closest neighbor is 75 feet buffer to the east
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 west is 200 feet to pasture land and woods. To the north is a church yard and parking lot. To the east is 75 feet highway right of way. To the south is 300 feet of homestead yard.

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 farm is 20 acres. It is approx. 1400 ft. by 400 ft. east/west. The north 6 acres has been chemical free for 8 years. South of this is 3 acres of Paulonia trees, chemical free for 5 years. South of this is 6 acres in cover crop for transition to chemical free. South of this is 5 acres of homestead, chemical free.