Produce Application

Sanctified Soil

Owner: Dereck Evans

Address:
2153 County Road 451
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Butler County

daytime phone: (573) 429-2575
evening phone: (573) 429-2575
Web site: http://www.sanctifiedsoil.com

Application Date: 2018-10-19

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have already made the commitment to grow according to the CNG and NOP standards. We only want the healthiest food for our own family and would not want to sell anyone anything we would not consume ourselves. We’ve been given stewardship over this land and would like to leave it in a better condition than when we started. We are seeking the CNG certification to give our customers the assurance that they are giving their family the healthiest choice possible.
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? *
I heard about CNG from a friend who is in the program.

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
5
Number of above acreage that you own: *
All
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
None
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
4.5
Fruit Crops:
.5
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
We currently are not growing tree fruits, but are considering adding 10-15 plum trees in the near future we are also considering strawberries in hanging baskets in the next few years.
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:
We plan on building an on farm store. It’s in our five year plan. Also educational agritourism and a one acre sunflower field.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Primary tillage is plowing when needed. Only once every two years is preferred. Turning over cover crops. Prepping beds with tractor and tiller. Raised beds we will be primarily covering with fabric for transplants. Shallow cultivating with cub farmall for direct seeded crops such green beans and purple hull peas.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Annual rye, daikon radish, Austrian winter peas, turnips, and hairy vetch. We also utilize the vines/foliage from our green beans and peas by turning them under and then roaring our beans to a different area.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete.
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 on raised beds when needed. We would rather only use cover crops to add organic matter.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
In the past I have tilled in manure from our own horses on specific beds 6 months or more prior to being used.
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". *
We have tilled in up to 3 inches on a 30”x100’ bed
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
September
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. *
OMRI listed Fish. Applied through fertigation.
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. *
Pigweeds. We have been trying to till or cultivate them before they go to seed. Next season we will be investing in landscape fabric (removed at end of season) and creating stale beds with the weed burner.
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. *
Squash bugs, Colorado potato beetles, cucumber beetles, and Japanese beetles. The Japanese beetles moved in the last couple of years. The adults seemed to feed on the okra, but they really didn’t affect it so I left them alone. Unfortunately the larvae bothered my sweet potatoes. I’m going to do an unscheduled plowing in that section to turn them to the surface in the cold weather to kill them. My plan is to control the adult population next season with an application of Spinosad and also Pyganic if needed. Picking adult potato beetles when the first show up and one application of Spinosad was effective for controlling potato beetles. The plan for Squash bugs is the same with the addition of growing on landscape fabric for my cucurbits.
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. *
Early blight in tomatoes. The plan is to plant mainly disease resistant determinate varieties and control with Serenade and sulfur. Eventually we would like to have the vast majority of tomatoes in high tunnels.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Wells in the field.
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? *
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. *
There is no commercial agriculture within miles of our creek bottom farm. We have family that raise cattle on the adjoining farm and they may occasionally spray roundup or 2-4d on their fence lines. There is 500 yards of field, 50 yards of woods, and a large creek separating us. To the east of my growing area is my property for about 1000’ until it hits the woods line and creek. We cut the grass for hay. The creek is the property line between us and our cousin. To the South is our property for about a quarter mile then it borders a wet area between us and our neighbor whose property lays fallow. To the west is the county road that runs through our property. To the North is another 1000’ of field I am currently not using that also borders a county road. I plan on using about an acre of that for sunflowers. The entire area I grow produce on is surrounded by an 8’ tall electric fence to keep out the deer. I’m extending it this winter. We own around 140 acres in total. The nearest commercial farming to me is probably 15 miles away.

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:
One of our goals is education. I’ve recently spoken at the “wellness and nutrition” class at our local high school. We want our farm to be accessible to school, homeschool, scout, and church groups to educate them about soil health and natural farming benefits.