Produce Application

SCG Market Garden

Owner: Kevin Prather

Address:
1126 N Broadway Ave
Springfield, MO 65802
Greene County

daytime phone: (417) 414-7129
Web site: http://www.springfieldcommunitygardens.org

Application Date: 2018-08-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
Springfield Community Gardens (SCG) is a not for profit organization that oversees 20 gardens, distributes produce, and educates the community on growing and eating healthy food. In 2016 we built an urban farm and named it the SCG Market Garden. Our small farm allows us to generate revenue to support operations costs, teach low-income residents how to supplement income with high-production growing techniques and revitalize a blighted urban lot. By becoming members of the Certified Naturally Grown program we hope to increase our expertise on regenerative farming practices and use the standards as a means of teaching our community members what it means for current and future generations. We are developing a farmer apprentice program that will provide graduates with their own growing plots and our goal is to teach them how to become members of the Certified Naturally Grown program too.
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? *
Our farm manager, Emilee Blansit, trained on another urban farm that went through the certification process in 2015. Missouri University Extension Office has worked with SCG to provide educational opportunities to our growers and encouraged us to become CNG members shortly after starting our farm.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
.25
Number of above acreage that you own: *
0
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
.25
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
.15
Fruit Crops:
.08
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
.02
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
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:
Preschools

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No Till- designated walkways, wood mulch, green manure, perennial crops
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat, hairy vetch, oats, clover, winter peas, radishes
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm, food scraps from preschool, wood mulch from local tree company, leaves and grass clippings from organic lawn company
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 inches deep yearly
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. *
fish emulsion
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. *
Grasses- bermuda, johnson, and nutsedge We manage weeds through hand pulling and intensive use of wood mulch on borders and walkways.
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. *
Harlequin bugs and cabbage moths are managed through hand picking and increasing plant health over time.
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. *
Pepper alternaria is managed through disposal of infected plants and long term crop rotations.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Currently using city water and plan to install rain barrels in the future.
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

How do you select your seeds? CNG standards call for growers to make a good faith effort to locate organically grown seeds by contacting at least 3 major suppliers. *
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
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
If any transplants are not grown according to CNG standards, please list them here. (If they all are, put "N/A".) This produce may not be marketed as Certified Naturally Grown. *
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.) *
Pesticides and herbicides sprayed on neighboring residential lawns.
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. *
Trees are planted on North and East sides of the garden separating us from the road and neighboring lawns. 300 feet of field separates us from the road and neighboring lawns on the south side. A large school building separates us from the road and neighboring lawns on the west side.

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: