Vintage Prairie FarmOwner: Jesse Smith
W958 State Rd 11
Burlington, WI 53105
daytime phone: (262) 510-8510
Web site: http://vintageprairiefarm.com
Application Date: 2019-06-24
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We are applying to the program as we are expanding our sales to include a farmers market. We see the certification as a necessity for the market as it indicates to the market patrons our growing practices.
- 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 heard about Certified Naturally Grown from a neighbor farmer that is currently certified.
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? *
- 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:
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- Primary tillage consists of using a tractor mounted 3 point tiller.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- We primarily use winter rye in the fall to cover our fields throughout the winter.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- We purchase compost from a producer of organic compost.
- 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". *
- 2 Wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet
- 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. *
- We use azomite and organic alfalfa meal, typically one application per year in the hoop house in which tomatoes are grown. 25#'s of each
- 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. *
- Our primary weed problems consist of annual weeds that grow after tillage necessary in order to prep fields for planting. We manage weeds by leaving cover crops standing until tillage is required for planting. We also use a flame weeder to kill weeds that emerge after tillage. In our hoop houses we use landscape fabric as a ground cover to prevent weeds from germinating. Also, we plant roughly 25% of our crops into plastic mulch in the field that prevents weeds around the plants. Lastly, we pull weeds by hand that remain in the field to help lower the weed seed bank.
- 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. *
- Our primary insect challenges consist of tomato horn worms and flea beetles. To prevent flea beetle damage on brassica crops we cover our crops with Agribon row cover from the day they are transplanted into the field or direct seeded. We use roughly 1000 feet of Agribon per season. To combat the tomato hornworm we monitor our tomato plants diligently and hand pick the worms as necessary. We also plant flowers and herbs to encourage beneficial insects that feed on hornworms.
- 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. *
- Our primary disease challenge is blight affecting the tomatoes. We combat this by pruning our tomato plants, handling the plants only when they are dry and primarily growing tomatoes in hoophouses where they are not exposed to wet conditions.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We use well water for all of our irrigation.
- Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
- Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *
Seeds, Transplants and Buffers
- 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? *
- Are they grown using Naturally Grown/Organic methods? *
- 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") *
- 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. *
- To the north is a wooded area of at least 100 yards that separates the neighbor's corn field from our fields. To the south and east a hedgerow of mixed trees of at least 10 yards separates the fields from a road. To the west a fallow field and tree hedgerow separate the fields from a neighbor farm that raises cattle.
- 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: