Produce Application

Cawsome Crops

Owner: Sara & David Staley

Address:
Pickerington, OH

daytime phone: (614) 270-8085
evening phone: (614) 270-8085
Web site: http://www.cawsomecrops.com

Application Date: 2019-04-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We believe in growing our food the right way. We care about what we put into our bodies, and we wouldn’t sell/grow any food that we wouldn’t be comfortable with eating ourselves! We looked into going certified organic, but it was overwhelming, and cost prohibitive.
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? *
Google search

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
2 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
2 acres
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
N/A
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
50%
Fruit Crops:
25%
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
25%
Sugarbush:
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 currently only have the farm stand, and are part of a farmers’ market as well. We intend to try a CSA, and also hope to sell to restaurants, health food stores, groceries, etc.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Disk plow, and sub soiler. We have very heavy clay soil. We use cover crops, and will be rotating beds.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We have used red clover and plan to use buckwheat this summer (if we can find organic seed). We will also use winter rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Purchased complete, we use our own grass clippings, and we do a small amount of vegetable scrap composting at our house.
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 plan to add about 1 inch.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
Composted chicken manure from an Amish farm supplier.
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". *
100-125lbs per 1000 sq ft
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
Spring. If needed mid season.
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. *
We are looking into using limestone and gypsum, since we have clay soil. We would get from a local farmer, who purchases from a quarry in Delaware, OH. We are still researching to make sure this is ok to add for certified organic and/or certified natural - any info would help.
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? *
yes
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. *
Thistle - we use vinegar, manual pulling, and weed cloth. At this time, we are using plastic weed cloth, but we will remove at end of each season (I’m not a big fan of plastic anything). We plan to upgrade to fabric weed cloth in the future.
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. *
Japanese beetles - we manually pick them off in the mornings. We are going to look into using the pheromone traps. We also use other plants to draw them away from the crops (marigolds, wildflowers). If needed, may use Neptune’s fish, or neem oil, but that is only if necessary.
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. *
To prevent tomato blight, we will be manually taking care of the plants to prevent wet foliage, and using proper pruning methods, and staking the plants. We would try to avoid any organic sprays, because I am concerned with copper killing the bees. We may consider using hydrogen peroxide if needed. If any issues with our lettuces, will also use hydrogen peroxide.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
At this time, we are using the municipality water source. However, we are in process of getting our well pump replaced, and then will switch to using our private well.
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? *
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.) *
Conventional farm field, located 2 lots over. However, there is a tree screen and grown up vegetation. They are a conventional corn/soybean farmer.
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. *
The conventional farmer is 2 lots over form ours. There are trees that line the edge of the conventional farmers property, and then more trees and vegetation on the neighboring lot. Also, we are not “downwind”. Winds generally blow west to east. We are located south of the conventional farm. North 50 feet: about 20 feet is our land and the remaining also goes into our neighbor's wooded section of their lot. They do add any treatments to their lot, it's just some trees and a pond that they leave alone. South 50 feet. About 20 feet is our land, an the rest goes into a neighboring, undeveloped, untreated wooded residential lot. West 50 feet. About 30 feet is our land and woods, and the rest goes into our neighbor's portion of the woods. East 50 feet, this is all our land/yard. We use no treatments on any portion of our yard.

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 dedicated to growing our produce as naturally as possible. And, we are open to learning as much as we can. We are just starting out, so if something is questionable, please let us know. We are willing to make everything right, but we are learning as we go!