Produce & Flowers
Foxglove Flower FarmOwner: Dylan Fishman
2111 Love Lane
Bozeman, MT 59718
daytime phone: (847) 409-5567
evening phone: (847) 409-5567
Web site: http://foxgloveflowerfarm.com
Application Date: 2018-12-26
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I believe in growing all produce with natural practices and would like to ensure my customers and my neighbors that everything I produces is certified naturally grown. It's also a unique label in my area, and I hope to raise awareness about alternative labels to the NOP's label.
- 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 university lecture on organizations that offer alternative labels.
- How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *
General Farm Information
- Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
- Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
- 1/2 acre
- Number of above acreage that you own: *
- Number of above acreage that you lease: *
- 1/2 Acre
- Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Veg Crops:
- Fruit Crops:
- Other Acreage:
- Flowers - 1/2 Acre
- 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: *
- Primary tillage is done with a walk-behind tractor in the hoop houses, and with a small tractor using a moldboard plow in in the field. The field we plowed this fall for production in the spring hadn't been in production for 3 years, but was currently in organic production.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Phacelia tanacetifolia, clover mixes, more tbd for next fall.
- 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. *
- Fish emulsion used for on farm seed house, blood meal used for final bed prep before transplanting, and a possibility of using a algae/alfalfa slow release pellet mix on field beds this year, but I'm unsure as of right now.
- 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. *
- The farm that my land is on has been certified organic for several years now, and they've been managing weeds through physical means only. The problem weeds are canada thistle, quackgrass, field bindweed, labsquarters, and pigweed. There is a large weed seedbank on this farm. I will be using landscape fabric in the high tunnel for weed suppression and physical means outdoors (hand cultivation, scuffle hoeing, hand weeding, etc...). No purchased products will be use for weed control.
- 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. *
- This is my first year as a cut-flower only farmer. I haven't had large amounts of cut flowers in the past, so this year will be an experiment to see what pests are prevalent on the flowers. The only issues I've had in the past is earwig infestations on sunflowers, and this was due to inappropriate harvest times. We used an air compressor to remove them. I have used BT in the past, but don't see myself having a cabbage moth problem this year - but, you never know! Row cover will be my main defense against pests on susceptible plants such as ornamental kale. I'm planting sweet alyssum on the edges of all of my beds to combat aphids, and will be planting phacelia abundantly to attract beneficials as well.
- 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. *
- This is my first year as a cut-flower only farmer. I haven't had large amounts of cut flowers in the past, so this year will be an experiment to see what diseases are prevalent on the flowers. For disease control, I will be using drip irrigation on all of my flowers, in the hoophouse and outdoors. No products will be used for disease, but careful observation and crop removal will be practiced.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Well water for all flowers.
- 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. *
- My crops are separated from possible sources of contamination by hundreds of feet of grassland and organic vegetable production land. One field of mine is susceptible to possible run-off from residential areas to the south, but rainfall in Gallatin County, Montana is low, and there is a 100 ft strip of native grasses between the residential area and my field. To the west there is several hundred yards of untreated pasture land until there's an irrigation ditch, and conventional hay field on the other side. To the north there are several hundred yards of organic diverse vegetables and then another residential plot. To the east are the homes of the property that I lease from. These are at least 200 yards from my hoop house and field, and then another 50 yards before there's a road.
- 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: