Diamond H Elderberry Farm LLCOwner: Judy Hayes
23217 128th Trl
Grant City, MO 64456
daytime phone: (660) 254-4995
evening phone: (660) 254-4995
Application Date: 2018-12-10
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We grow elderberries and are currently making our own line of jellies and using a commercial kitchen to bottle our own health juice. We are repetitively asked about our growing practices. I would like to have a certification to go with our product for more authenticity of our products. We have also started an orchard, and are doing other things to try become more sustainable.
- 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? *
- I'm not sure, I've known about it for some time.
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? *
- If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
- If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
- We do not farm these acres, we have them leased out, except about 80 acres that we hay. This land lies around our berry patch so we can have greater control of what's going on around us.
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- 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:
- We do a lot of area craft shows.
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- We only till strips when we are ready to start a new area for elderberries, which we did last fall.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- This is a yes and no question. It's seeded well between the rows and we keep it mowed down.
- Do you use Compost? *
- 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. *
- I use Nitrogen/Phosphate/Potash/lime from MFA.
- 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. *
- We mow between rows. Every 2 to 3 years different sections are mowed off while dormant and they come right back. This controls some weeds.
- 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 insect we worry about is Spotted Wing Drosophila. We do spray Neem when we detect them. Fortunately they have never come until closer to the end of the season and we have needed to only spray twice a season, about 4 days apart.
- 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. *
- I keep a close eye out for elder borer. I yet to find any, but the canes would have to be removed and destroyed. I also watch for leaf rust. I have had some, I removed the affected canes and burnt them.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We do not irrigate. If we do water anything it's will well water.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
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? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Do you grow your own transplants? *
- 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? *
- 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? *
- 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. *
- Within 50 feet of our growing area: to the north is hay field (ours), to the east is a creek with trees on both sides. To the south is a road with a pasture beyond the road. To the west is a pasture (past our house and yard).
- 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: