Produce Application

Dick's Organics

Owner: rick ritter

Address:
10215 Coverdale Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46809-9759
Allen County

daytime phone: (260) 341-2287
evening phone: (260) 341-2287

Application Date: 2019-10-09

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
have interfaced with Fox Trail Farms people and find your cert the most reasonable for what I do. I grow veggies and fruit for donation (95% roughly). I grow plants for donation to church growing programs. the food goes primarily to a soup kitchen here. I also donate to persons who are ill and other organizations that support homeless and needy persons. I would like for the recipients to know that I grow naturally not just by what I say but through a process of scrutiny.
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? *
Fox Trail Farms in Indiana

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
7-12
Number of above acreage that you own: *
7
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
3
Fruit Crops:
3
Hay:
Grains/Beans:
Sugarbush:
Other Acreage:
1 in pasture
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *











Please Specify Any Other Items:
other - sorghum/ the items checked above are grown for donation
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:
other - homeless and needy persons

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
tilling
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
buckwheat, clover
Do you use Compost? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
sources are on farm from rescue animals (sheep, goats, donkey and flock of chickens). I also receive rabbit manure from an organic meat producer a couple times a year and then allow to sit and compost further.
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 ton per acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
If yes, please note general sources (local dairy, horse farm, etc.): *
as stated above I utilize manure from my rescue animals and the organic rabbit manure from the meat rabbit producer a couple times a year
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 ton per acre
What time of year do you apply the manure? *
late fall or early spring after thaw before tilling
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. *
NA
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. *
weed pressure continues to be a challenge. in the past I used volunteers and hoes. that has fizzled over time and now I plant wider rows and use mechanical means to suppress weed pressure and a hoe
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 and bean beetles are the two most prolific issues. I utilize either beneficial insects and companion plantings at this time. I plan in the future to use some added organic methods.
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. *
the most likely disease challenge would be downy mildew and anthracnose - keeping the growing areas clean, properly watering and fertilizing plants, rotating crops and utilizing disease free seeds and plants would be my initial approaches
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
well water and mother nature (rain)
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

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. *
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
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
yes
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? *
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. *
road to the west, residential yards to the south, organic crop fields to the east and residential property to the north

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:
I have lived and grown on this property for 6 years chemically free. I have posted on all sides of the property no spray signs