Eighth Day FarmOwner: Andy Rozendaal
12330 James St
Holland, MI 49424
709 Pine Ave
Holland, MI 49423
daytime phone: (616) 836-6016
Web site: http://www.eighthdayfarm.org
Application Date: 2019-10-16
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We grow in a way that is healthy for us, our customers, our neighbors and for the environment. As customers ask we want to have a certification to reflect and prove what we do. We also value the work of this kind of community and look forward to feedback and learning that can come from being a part.
- 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? *
- Farm conferences and other farms who were CNG recommended
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: *
- no till to minimal till: We use hand tools so a broad fork is our friend. We apply compost and broad fork. We have permanent raised bed system that we reshape the beds with a rogue hoe and compost, broad fork rake the rest. We till (farm tiller on back of tractor) to break land in grass or if weeds. If we need to control a grass or prepare a new area not used we will run the tractor with tiller and reshape beds or we will use the small garden tiller to make ground shapable for hand tools.
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- If yes, please list: *
- oat/pea mix, buckwheat, annual rye grass.
- Do you use Compost? *
- If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
- on farm, local brewery, coffee grounds from local coffee shop, kitchen waste, animal petting waste from local family amusement park (straw and wood shavings mixed with rabbit, goat, pig, Llama, chicken),
- 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 yard per 500 sq. 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. *
- Heavy compost applications gypsum, high calcium lime for summer fruiting crops: used once per year before crop goes in.
- 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 are a non-profit farm with many volunteers/groups and educational interns. Therefore, we manage weeds by using hand tools or pulling by hand. Our goal is to get them when they are small before they get rooted in. Extra passes encouarages weeds to grow and therefore lowers the seed bank. We have utilized occultation with repurposed ground fabric in some areas. Many times we use to flush out the top layer of weeds. If the weeds are problem for future we may leave on for at least 4 weeks. We have utilized the ground fabric between rows of tomatoes and other longer term crops so that the weed pressure is in smaller areas we can handle by hand. We have used plastic in the rows of crops like kale/collards and peppers and provided drip irrigation for water needs.. We mow the outside fence areas around the property to keep weeds from seeding out. sp/fall: gallinsoga: bermuda grass quack grass We have lambs quarters and pigweed and foxtail but who doesn't. early removal is a must. Plants that seed out get pulled and composted. Noxious: Canadian thistle, cocklebur, and jimsonweed. We pull by hand or with hand tools. We do not let them go to seed and mow/weed whip if we have to in certain areas not in intensive vegetable production.
- 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. *
- Flea beatle: if needed Pyganic on affected rows of arugula only. Using a backpack sprayer (used once in 2019) July Cabbage moth: BT if needed. (used 2 times in 2019) July and September aphids: spray off with hose, pull affected plants. Last resort we would use Pyganic: not used in 2019
- 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. *
- Tomato blight: We rotate crop. And at end of season plants get piled and removed off site or place in back area not for production. Mainly we plant tomatoes at a wider spacing, prune healthy and diseased plants, keep the plants healthy through soil health. The plants fight of the disease much longer. We can't seem to grow Swiss chard or beet greens well. We think it is a plant disease but suspect a Beatle. We can't identify and figure out. We have just suffered with imperfect plants and tried to rotate crops from this family. we also suspect Cercospora Leaf Spot an will remove inflected plants from healthiest to more diseased plants. Plant spacing is important and if needed use a copper fungicide in the future to prevent spores from spreading. Our problem is worse in the spring so we may focus these crops on late plantings after the wet cooler spring.
- Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
- James Street site: Public water supply Pine Ave site: deep 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
- 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") *
- We purchased certified organic seedling mix in both 2018 and 2019. However, We were careful to grow organic seedlings from organic seeds this year but some products we did not look at our three seed supplies and just may have purchased from Johnny Selected seeds in a few instances. We almost primarily purchased from Johnnys in 2018. In 2019 our approach to buying seed changed but since we were not certified we were not as careful as we would for certification. I can go through all of the seeds for 2019 and double check for the crops we grew. There is less risk in 2019 because we bought considerable more seeds from High Mowing.
- Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
- From which sources do you buy transplants? *
- Rosemary seedlings in 2018 and 2019. 95 each year. we purchased from a local farmer who potted thump and sold to us.
- 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). *
- Rosmary plants?: I can check with the local farmer. They are not CNG and their potting mix would not be certified organic. However, we are doing cuttings off of those plants and next year the cuttings and perennials would be beyond the 12 month time.
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- 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.) *
- We are an urban farm. Pine ave site has a neighbor on one side (south east border) who is determined to spray the fence row and onto our property. She says she does not spray but nothing grows there. Landlord spotted her with a hand sprayer spraying the chainlink fence area. My guess is she is spraying a glyphosate product.
- 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. *
- We don't grow vegetable crops at least 20 feet away from source of the spray on the East end of the Pine Ave Property of the fence row in mentioned above. the James Street farm is in the middle of the parking lot and we are at a high point so nothing drains to 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:
- We are an urban farm. One site is a literal parking lot with the asphalt removed (2 acres) The other site is a residential site with a preschool onsite and we are a corner lot. All land is leased or licensed to grow on.