Produce Application

The Farm on Jennings

Owner: Carole Caplan

Address:
6900 Jennings Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Washtenaw County

daytime phone: (847) 922-9693
evening phone: (734) 239-9200
Web site: http://www.thefarmonjennings.com

Application Date: 2019-10-25

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I am just completing the Organic Farmer Training Program at MSU and am now ready to take this certification process on. Not sure what I will need to do to comply, but am eager to do so for next season.
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? *
Conference

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
Just under 2
Number of above acreage that you own: *
11
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.75
Fruit Crops:
.25
Hay:
5
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
.75
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: *
Once beds are in use, I broad fork and add compost between rotations. New ground is solarized and tilled to 6" to help deal with quack grass. Looking at a bcs with a pdr or power harrow. Some beds are done with sheet mulching.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
spring mix, fall mix
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm leaves, grass; Other is purchased from Tuthill Farms. This year tried Dairy Doo.
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". *
30" 50 ft row gets about 5 wheelbarrows
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Have purchased Dairy Doo from Morgan Composting
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". *
1/2" deep on 50ft rows
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
spring/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. *
Have used a "food" from Ohio Products-revitapro; have used lime and peat.
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. *
QUACKGRASS. Horrible. Solarize, hand pull. Lots of dewitt landscape fabric. Other nuisance weeds like lambs quarter are hand cultivated--hopefully before they go to seed!
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. *
Japanese Beetles, Sawfly, brassica worms and flea beetles. Spring beneficial nematode application, Row cover and then BT at first sight of moth, DE and row cover for flea beetles; Neem oil for worms; have used Spinosad. Insecticidal Soap for aphids. Companion planting and trap crop planting also help.
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. *
Cucumber powdery Mildew-neem oil, milk spray; 2x per crop. Mildew on Dahlias.Same. Try to feed and compost spray crops to keep them healthy!
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well on 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") *
I do buy lisianthus plugs. will need to see how they are grown.
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
yes
From which sources do you buy transplants? *
Raker, Farmer Bailey, Gloeckner.
How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
need to check on this. have never asked.
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). *
Possibly Lisianthus, ranunculus, anemone, various perennials including lavender, echinops, eucalyptus.
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.) *
Conventional field at far end of property. I post Driftwatch signs and have a treeline buffer.
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. *
Treeline buffer and hay field extend at least 350ft from my crop rows to where conventional corn and soy are grown.

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: