Lavender Meadows Farm of Door CountyOwner: Dean Goodman
4245 Cty Rd E
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
W242 Hawks Nest Ln
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Web site: http://lavendermeadows-doorcounty.com
Application Date: 2019-09-25
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- I am a new Lavender Farm located in Door County Wi. I found and purchased farmland that sat idle for 25 years+. meaning no fertilizers or tilling occurred for over 25 years. I cleared the land by hand, never tilled to keep nutrients in soil, dug holes by hand, planted by hand never using heavy equipment that would compact the soil, never tilling, and never introducing new amendments into the soil. I use a pure organic worm casting and that is it. I will be selling culinary lavender and aromatherapy products. I want the consumer to know this product is as pure and natural as you can get.
- 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 was searching for a body/organization that had credentials and I found CNG.
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:
- Herbs: 6 acres
- Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *
- Please Specify Any Other Items:
- maybe Pumpkins
- 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:
- Specialty & gift shops that sell aromatherapy type products
Farmland Management and Practices
- Primary Tillage System: *
- dig holes by hand with hand held earth Auger
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- grasses and clover
- 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. *
- Strictly Pure Organic Worm Castings
- 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. *
- Weeding is done by hand around each plant. Prior to planting, I cleared the fields of woody shrubs and trees by hand and systematically cut the fields via mowing weekly to allow the grasses and clovers time to over take the weeds. I do not and will not use any herbicides to control weeds.
- 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. *
- Lavender does not have many insect issues due to the scent and flavor. Insects hate it. The only insect we get from time to time are spittle bugs and they do not harm the plants, the spittle they leave behind can be unsightly for Tourism so we wash them off with well water if we are in a low rain state.
- 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. *
- Lavender does not have many disease challenges but it can come down with Phytophthora. If this happens our plan is to remove the entire plant and plants surrounding the affected plants and burn them. Once in a while Lavender can get a fungus from heavy rains or periods of wet spells. I would treat that the same way. it is not anticipated due to my drainage and soils.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- Primary irrigation is Mother Nature. For my baby plants I monitor closely and use water from a 325 foot deep well drilled on property.
- 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? *
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- Walters Gardens of Michigan
- How have you confirmed with your supplier that the transplants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
- Please list any bought-in transplants not grown according to CNG standards. This produce may not be sold as Certified Naturally Grown (except, in the case of perennials, after twelve months of CNG cultivation). *
- All my Lavender is brought in as seedlings, it takes 3 years for a plant to mature and produce. Some plants will produce in the 2nd year. I have no harvest in the first year. If some flowering is produced, we immediately cut it off to drive the energy into the roots for better plants.
- 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 buffer is wooded acreage and unused land. All my plantings are remote, my front field on the west side has the closest farmed land (about 5 acres) and it is 200+ yards from.
- 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: