Produce & Flowers
Vintage Prairie FarmOwner: Kaz
W958 State Rd 11
Burlington, WI 53105
Web site: http://vintageprairiefarm.com
Application Date: 2021-03-05
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We believe strongly in using natural approaches to farming. Being Certified Naturally Grown is a way for us to advertise our product as natural, so our customers know we are committed to using sustainable 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? *
- If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
- Vintage Prairie Farms - 2019/2020/2021
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Other farmers in our area.
- 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: *
- 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:
- Chicago Restaurants
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- We use a John Deere tiller on our fields, but we do have a small section of field that is "No Till". We do not till more than a few inches into the soil,and we till as little as possible.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- Oats, Rye, Legumes,Buckwheat
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- Created on Farm or purchased complete from Blue Ribbon Organics. Planning on incorporating vermicompost.
- 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". *
- 1-2 inches deep
- 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. *
- Lime, Bone Meal, Fish Meal, Blood Meal, Fish Fertilize, Seaweed. Used before plantings. We mix it into our compost before applying to beds.
- 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 use black landscape fabric to deter weed growth in beds. All other weeding is done manually by hand or with hand tools. Having the staff to weed is typically the biggest challenge we face.
- 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. *
- We deal with pests with either floating row covers, biological predators, or manual removal. Prevention is our main focus by using row covers, and not spraying any chemicals that would kill natural predators. We don't release our own predators, but try to encourage any seen on the farm. We have discussed using mantids, or ladybugs, to help control pests, but have not done so as of yet.
- 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 and Blight are our biggest concerns on the farm. We do our best to ensure that no soil is hitting our tomatoes to prevent blight. We also have discussed using a baking soda mixed with water spray to discourage both powdery mildew and blight. (3 tablespoons to one gallon of water) We have not done so as of yet.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- We have a well on-site.
- 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. *
- We use Johnny's Seeds, Bakers Creek Seeds, and High Mowing Seeds as our sources. All of these provide organic seeds, and we do our best to choose seeds that are organic and heirloom.
- 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? *
- We mix our own, but mix in Fox Farm soil.
- What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
- Compost, Lime, Bone Meal, Fox Farm Potting Soil
- 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. *
- South: 20+ Feet of woods separate us from the road. The road is up an incline as well. North: Wooded land. East: 20+ Feet of woods separate us from the road. The road is up an incline as well. West: Cattle Farm, but they do not spray anything. There is a fence and 20 feet of woods that separate us.
- 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: