Produce Application

Wolf Creek Family Farm, LLC

Owner: Karin Velez

Address:
Peculiar, MO

daytime phone: (816) 738-4076
Web site: http://wolfcreekfamilyfarm.com

Application Date: 2019-02-07

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We've always used organic and sustainable methods ever since we started growing for ourselves 13 years ago. When we started selling to the public back in 2008 we looked at Organic certification. We became disenfranchised with the idea when we realized just how corporate the certification had become and how much money and paperwork was required for someone even as small as us. We've always been very transparent with our customers about how we do things, but we think having the CNG certification will make it easier for customers to quickly identify the methods we use. We love that it's a peer-reviewed certification because it's much more in line with the original intent behind Organic!
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? *
Had seen the logo and researched it a long time ago. Renewed interest prompted another search.

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: *
5
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
yes
If yes, how many acres are in conventional agriculture? *
5
If yes, please list what you are growing conventionally: *
Not really conventional, but we have our livestock on about 5 acres in another field. The only reason it can't be CNG because we don't have access to certified Organic feed for our animals (even though it's non-GMO). Nothing is sprayed, no chemical use.
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
4
Fruit Crops:
1
Hay:
0
Grains/Beans:
0
Sugarbush:
0
Other Acreage:
0
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
We dry our herbs to make spice blends and teas. Any items not produced by us are purchased Certified Organic. Not sure if these items would qualify for CNG since they are technically processed?
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: *
Mostly low-tech no till or minimal tillage. We use a walk-behind tiller to break up with soil surface when starting new planting areas or working one that has been planted to cover crops. We use a lot of straw or hay to help keep the soil loose and try to never let it lay fallow.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Clover, buckwheat, daikon radish, field peas
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete from Missouri Organic.
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". *
5 cu. yds. per acre annually or every other year.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Horse farm up the road and our own horses.
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". *
3 cu. yd. per acre annually.
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Fall for non-composted, spring for composted.
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. *
None
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. *
Perennial grasses (Johnson?), shatter cane (wild sorghum), choke weed. We've traditionally used thick layers of straw as a mulch but are slowly moving toward using landscape fabric where possible. We also try not to till too deeply so as not to bring old weed seeds to the surface. Eradication is done by hand weeding. We burn very infested areas, if necessary.
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, vine borers, horn worms. We use a lot of companion planting, hand picking, and trap cropping. In an infestation situation, we have used Azera (an OMRI listed pyrethrum) no more than twice in a season.
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. *
Powdery mildew in our cucurbits. We try to make sure any irrigation is done at the ground level to avoid splashing water to the leaves and utilize plant spacing that allows for proper airflow. Taking a plant pathogen course right now to look at other avoidance methods.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We mainly dry farm, relying on precipitation and mulch to maintain moisture. If we do irrigate, it comes from a pond on our property or municipal water from the hose for some of the smaller raised beds nearest the house.
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

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
Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
yes
If they're not grown according to CNG methods, please list them here. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown. (If they are, put "N/A") *
N/A
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. *
To the north, 10-acres of wooded area separate us from the next use which is horse property and then a road. To the south, there is another 20 acres of wooded area. To the east, there is a minimum of 10 acres of open fields (used for hunting) before getting to the neighbors hay fields. The area east of one of our planting fields, has a 50-foot buffer before reaching the road. Across that road is a neighbor's hay field. They do not spray. We've also given notice to the local utility companies and the county not to spray for weeds along our road because of our growing practices. They have marked it in their maps and, thankfully, totally refrained from spraying near our property line (so far).

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:
We are excited to maybe be one of the first in our area to have this certification and hoping to start a network of farms in the area south of Kansas City that are Certified Naturally Grown. There is only one other farm up north of us on the Missouri side that has the certification and we're hoping to help this grassroots certification expand here.