Jywanza Consulting FarmOwner: Kamau Jywanza
4124 N. Graceland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46208
daytime phone: (317) 353-7765
evening phone: (317) 833-4608
Application Date: 2018-07-03
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- After reading materials presented to me by a current CNG member, I decided to give it a try. My research shows that CNG standards are actually more in line with what I'm doing than USDA Certified Organic standards, and more cost effective. I appreciate the fact that CNG is grassroots.
- 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? *
- Through a current CNG member.
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:
- Squash,Cucumbers,Peppers(variety),Okra, and a variety of herbs.
- 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: *
- After being introduce to the 5 gallon bucket system, JCF uses buckets because living in Indianapolis creates challenges when it comes to planting directly in the ground.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- We create our own compost utilizing leaves,untreated grass clippings,Red Wigglers and compost from Green Cycle Indy.
- 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 cubic yd of Green Cycle soil, 1/2 yd of leaves and clippings. This is all mixed, placed in buckets, and then repeat the process.
- 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. *
- We also use OMRI Peat Moss from Lowe'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. *
- Because we use buckets, weeding is virtually eliminated.
- 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. *
- The only likely insects issues are cucumber beetles. We hand pick those and destroy them as needed, which is minimum.We have Neem spray, but so far we haven't had to use it.
- 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. *
- We have not experience any disease as of yet. We believe it's due to our growing method, which allows us to control what goes in the growing containers, i.e., buckets.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We use pvc pipe, which runs along the top of the buckets. Using a 1/16 drill bit, we drill two holes in the pipe above each bucket, ensuring that each bucket gets the proper amount of water. Because we use municipal water, there is a filter at the faucet to ensure no contamination enters the buckets.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- 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 any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- We buy our seedlings from G&C Organics MidWest.
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- 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). *
- 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 adjacent land is a city park to the west, woodland to the north and east, and a residential property approximately 75 feet to the south. There are no conventional farms that would pose a problem with contamination of unauthorized chemicals or over spray. The closest grower to JCF is approximately 4 miles.
- 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:
- JCF looks forward to being a proud representative of CNG.